In early April, Montana Audubon sent out an alert, asking its members to support Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ (FWP) purchase of almost 9,300 acres of inholdings within 3 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) on the east side of the Continental Divide. Late last week that project got the endorsement of the FWP Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWP OKs Land Purchase_5-13-2016). On Monday, May 16, the Montana Land Board gave its preliminary endorsement of this proposal. With state approval on track, this project can move forward to permanently protect:
It makes sense to purchase and permanently protect these publicly owned lands, with native habitat supporting about 4,000 elk, grizzly and black bears, numerous deer, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, and “upland game birds and nongame wildlife.”
Our best estimation indicates that Montana Audubon members contributed 65% (44) of the comments supporting this proposal. Your comments made a big difference for wildlife!