Montana and Colorado Get Big Grants to Protect Fish and Ferrets

 

Federal funds were awarded last night for habitat protection in Montana’s Stimson Forestlands and at Colorado’s Tuttle Ranch.

By New West Editor, 8-25-11

Black-footed ferret. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Black-footed ferret. Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Among more than $53 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants announced last evening to help protect habitat for threatened and endangered species, Montana was a big winner for native fish, while Colorado was awarded substantial funding to reintroduce the extremely rare black-footed ferret to a safe place.

Montana’s Stimson Forestlands Conservation Project in Missoula County will receive $4 million to fund a conservation easement of more than 9,300 forested acres. The land, adjacent to another easement of 18,700 acres, continues a landscape-scale conservation effort of several years in northwestern Montana aimed at protecting bull trout, Columbia redband trout, mountain whitefish, pygmy whitefish, and westslope cutthroat.

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