Montana Hi-Line Prairie Wetland VIII
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA
Land Acquisition / Protection
This project will protect some of the most productive wetland and associated grassland habitat in the area through acquisition of perpetual conservation easements, and restore former cropland to grassland and wetland habitat, primarily by implementing grazing systems with benefits to waterfowl and declining grassland birds. These conservation actions, implemented in a biologically sound and cost-effective manner, will greatly benefit populations of waterfowl, shorebirds, other wetland-associated birds, threatened and endangered species, and Montana Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The depressional wetlands of north-central and northeast Montana are extremely valuable habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wetland-dependent species. NAWCA high priority mallard and Northern Pintail are two of the most abundant waterfowl species breeding in the project area, which also hosts a significant population of Lesser scaup. Many other species of waterfowl use this portion of the Prairie Pothole Region for breeding, including other NAWCA priority species redhead, canvasback, ring-necked duck, and American wigeon.
Ducks Unlimited, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Private Contributors, The Nature Conservancy