MT FWP seeks comment on SWAP
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking comment on Montana’s State Wildlife Action Plan which addresses the needs of more than 100 of the state's fish and wildlife species. Initially completed in 2006, the recent revision of Montana's Comprehensive Fish and Wildlife Conservation Strategy was led by FWP, working closely with team members from other state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations.
In 2000, federal legislation created the State Wildlife Grant program (SWG) intended to fund conservation programs for all fish and wildlife, including species not pursued by hunters and anglers. Since then, Montana has received almost $12.7 million in SWG funds for conservation programs ranging from prairie fish surveys and loon research to trumpeter swan and grizzly bear conservation. To continue participation in the federal grant program states must revise their plans every 10 years.
Montana's update contains the latest and best information available on the status of species and habitats in greatest need of conservation, which will help to better direct conservation through 2024. Montana’s revised State Wildlife Action Plan includes updates to a list of species in greatest need of conservation and their habitats, and prioritization of conservation efforts.
Public input is an important part of finalizing Montana's State Wildlife Action Plan for the next 10 years. Comments on the State Wildlife Action Plan are due February 9 by 5 p.m. For more information and to comment, visit FWP online at fwp.mt.gov and click "Fish and Wildlife." The link to the document is near the bottom of the page. Comments may be submitted online.
If you have any questions, please contact Deb O’Neill, Fish and Wildlife Plan Coordinator.