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Montana Wetlands Legacy: Voluntary Partnership Solution State Wetlands Workshop: An Examination of Best Practices Post –SWANCC October 22, 2002

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state wetlands workshop an examination of best practices post swancc october 22 2002

Montana Wetlands Legacy:

Voluntary Partnership Solution

State Wetlands Workshop:

An Examination of Best Practices

Post –SWANCC

October 22, 2002

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From the time the Corps of Discovery crossed Montana, until the Corps of Engineers was charged by the Clean Water Act to protect Montana’s wetlands, the state lost an estimated 300,000 acres of wetlands.

rob hazlewood u s fish and wildlife service helena

Of the plants and animals of Montana listed as threatened, endangered, or are candidates for listing, 18 of 21 are wetland/riparian obligates or need wetlands and riparian areas for some part of their life cycle.

-Rob Hazlewood, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Helena

montana wetlands legacy goal statement

Montana Wetlands LegacyGoal Statement

“The goal of the Montana Wetlands Legacy is to ensure protection of Montana’s wetlands, riparian areas, and associated uplands by understanding and appreciating these special places and how they add value to our lives. As a first step, we commit to protect an additional 250,000 acres of ecologically important wetlands, riparian areas, and associated uplands by the year 2005.”

montana wetlands legacy partners
Montana Wetlands Legacy Partners

American Public Land Exchange American Rivers

Aquatic Design and Construction Bitter Root Land Trust

Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Five Valleys Land Trust

Flathead Land Trust Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Montana Audubon Council Montana Department of Environmental Quality

Montana Dept. Natural Resources and Conservation Montana Department of Transportation

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Foundation

Montana Land Reliance Montana Natural Heritage Program

Montana Natural History Center Montana Ranchers, Farmers & other Landowners

Montana Watercourse Pheasants Forever

PPL Montana Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

The Conservation Fund The Nature Conservancy

The River Network The Trust for Public Land

U.S. Bureau of Land Management U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Forest Service Watershed Education Network

montana wetlands legacy completed projects
Montana Wetlands Legacy

Completed Projects

palmer acquisition project ninepipe wma
Palmer Acquisition Project Ninepipe WMA

Location: Lake County – NE of Charlo

Partners: Bonneville Power Administration

Pheasants Forever – Mission Valley Chapter

Big Sky Upland Bird Association

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Project Size:

150 acres including 2 wetlands (6 acres) and remnant drained and filled wetlands

Project Cost:

$450,000

Species Richness:

Ring-necked pheasant, raptors including short-eared owl and northern harrier, Canada geese, dabbling ducks and other waterfowl, shorebirds, sandhill crane, bald eagle, peregrine falcon

opsata conservation easement project
Opsata Conservation Easement Project

Location: Powell County – 7 miles northwest of Ovando

Partners: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

The Blackfoot Challenge

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Project Size:

64 acres of mixed native prairie and natural pothole wetlands

Project Cost:

$160,000

Species Richness:

Elk, mule deer, grizzly bear, 13 waterfowl species, long-billed curlew, black tern, sandhill crane, vesper sparrow

dean ranch conservation easement project
Dean Ranch Conservation Easement Project

Location: Lewis & Clark County – 2 miles north of Lincoln

Partners: Five Valleys Land Trust

Project Size:

160 acres including 80 acres of palustrine wetlands

Project Cost:

Donated easement

Species Richness:

Bog birch, moose, greater sandhill crane, waterfowl, wading birds,

tundra swan, nesting osprey and bald eagle, 3 mated pairs of greater

sandhill cranes, marsh wren, short-tailed weasel, mink,

moose, elk, white-tailed deer, mountain lion, coyote, gray wolf,

and grizzly bear

montana wetlands legacy current projects
Montana Wetlands Legacy

Current Projects

weaver slough conservation easement project
Weaver Slough Conservation Easement Project

Location: Flathead County – 8 miles east of Kalispell

Partners: Flathead Land Trust

Bonneville Power Administration

USDA NRCS Farmland Protection Program

The Conservation Fund

American Public Land Exchange

American Farmland Trust

Montana Agricultural Heritage Program

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Project Size:

1,218 acres including 150 acres of riparian wetland and 200 acres open water

Project Cost:

$2,436,000

Species Richness:

Migratory waterfowl, wading birds, tundra swan, nesting or foraging osprey and bald eagle, pileated woodpecker, belted kingfisher, beaver, river otter, pheasant and wild turkey, white-tailed deer

bull river watershed protection project
Bull River Watershed Protection Project

Location: Sanders County – 12 miles southwest of Libby

Partners: Avista Corporation

North American Wetlands Conservation Act

The Conservation Fund

Bull River Watershed Council

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Project Size:

716 acres

Project Cost:

$2,340,000

Species Richness:

Elk, moose, bighorn sheep, deer, lynx, osprey, eleven species of waterfowl,

westslope cutthroat trout, grizzly bear, bald eagle, bull trout, neotropical

migratory birds

obrect blm wetland restoration project
Obrect/BLM Wetland Restoration Project

Location: Blaine County – 8.5 miles northeast of Turner

Project Partners:

Obrecht Ranch

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Project Size:

16 sections with 135 drained wetlands, 95 acres restorable wetlands

Project Cost:

$115,000

Species Richness:

Northern pintail and mallard, as well as other waterfowl common to the area;

northern harrier, peregrine falcon, avocet, marbled godwit, Franklin’s gull,

mule deer, antelope, plains garter snake, northern leopard frog, western

chorus frog

opportunities on the horizon
Opportunities on the Horizon
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act: Senate and House Mark-ups of DOI FY03 Budget -$43.5 Million
  • NRCS Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program for the Madison/Missouri Watershed - $40 Million
  • In Lieu Fee Mitigation Program for Montana – $500K - $1M annually
  • PPL Montana 2188 Mitigation for Operation of Nine Mainstem Missouri River Dams – $10 Million
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“I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition and even some affection but with Montana it is love, and it's difficult to analyze love when you're in it ." ~John Steinbeck, Travels with Charlie