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New state program aims to put 500,000 acres of Montana prairie under conservation leases

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has signed off on the first round of conservation agreements proposed under FWP's new program.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has received tentative approval to enroll 10 eastern Montana properties in a newly launched state program to conserve prairie habitat.

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to authorize the Prairie Habitat Conservation Lease Program's first batch of agreements and signaled its support for the program's larger objective of putting 500,000 acres of eastern Montana prairie into 40-year conservation lease agreements.

The program aims to protect the habitat for a variety of prairie species, ranging from mule deer and pronghorn to wa...

 

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