Protecting Habitat at the Headwaters
In an act of great generosity, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of Montana recently donated two conservation easements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The properties, which are valued at more than $2.7 million, cover nearly 15,000 acres within the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
This portion of the Rocky Mountain Front is home to grizzly bears, gray wolves, trumpeter swans, long-billed curlews, chestnut-collared longspurs, Sprague’s pipits, and amazing numbers of waterfowl. The easements, which will now be managed as part of the Benton Lake Wetland Management District, will help to ensure that habitat for these and other species is conserved for future generations.
This historic donation was made possible by a $1.4 million donation from TNC, a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant, and a private landowner donation totaling more than a quarter million dollars. Thanks to this amazing generosity, some of the best remaining grassland habitat along the Rocky Mountain Front is now protected to ensure healthy lands that work for wildlife and the people who call this unparalleled landscape home.
Photo Credit: Dylan DesRosier/TNC