North American Wetland Conservation Act – Montana
The North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) is a federal program that provides financial support for partnership-based wetland conservation for the benefit of wetland-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. As of 2010, Montana has received over $17 million in NAWCA funding leading to the conservation of over 250,000 acres in the state.
The MBCP is currently supporting two new NAWCA projects in Montana pending funding:
Lower Yellowstone Wetlands Conservation Project
Conserve over 3000 acres of wetland and riparian bird habitat with conservation easements, acquisition and subsequent management, and enhancement actions
Montana Hi-Line Prairie Wetland Project III
Conserve over 19,000 acres of prairie wetland habitat with conservation easements, restoration, and enhancement actions
There are 2 submission periods each year for standard grants (up to $1 million): typically March and July. There is one submission period each year for small grants (up to $75,000): typically October. Standard and small grants require a 1:1 or better non-federal match ratio.
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