FWP Seeks Public Comment on Montana Forest Legacy Program Updates

FWP Seeks Public Comment on Montana Forest Legacy Program Updates

News Type: State, Regional, Federal Source: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on updates to the Montana Forest Legacy Program’s Assessment of Need document.

The Forest Legacy Program, which is administered by the U.S. Forest Service and managed by FWP, provides funding for conserving high-value working forests. Montana forest values conserved by the program include wildlife habitat, sawmill timber and other forest products, public access for recreation, watersheds for municipalities and irrigation, cultural and aesthetic values, and other social and ecological benefits.

FWP recently updated the Assessment of Need, which is the foundational document for operating Forest Legacy in Montana. This document provides an overview of the program’s status and accomplishments, a summary of Montana’s forests and program priorities, and a layout of program eligibility requirements, application and review processes, and ongoing program operating details. FWP staff drafted the document with input from two advisory committees and agency partners.