The U.S. Department of Agriculture will partner with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to improve and increase wildlife habitat and public access for recreational opportunities on privately-owned and operated ranch lands.

"Montana will receive more than $700,000 for the purchase of conservation leases on private ranch lands enrolled in the Sage-Grouse Initiative Program," said Rick Northrup, wildlife habitat bureau chief for FWP. "This generous grant will benefit landowners, wildlife, and recreationists in areas that provide high quality sage-grouse habitat."

The project is funded under the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentives Program and is administered by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.