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PRIORITY OPPORTUNITIES TO CONSERVE MONTANA'S AT-RISK SPECIES

The Montana Wildlife Futures Group has identified the following five areas as priorities for additional management focus by the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) that (1) would advance the conservation of at-risk/endangered/greatest-conservation-need species, and (2) are presently under­ funded. We offer these priorities as a contribution to broader, ongoing discussions about the need for increased public funding for wildlife, land, water, and recreation. Our intention is not to supplant other priorities or redirect current FWP funding or activities, but rather to identify additional unmet needs for future consideration.

Supplemental funding to address these five priority areas and sustain and advance wildlife management, public access, and outdoor education and recreation should be:

Broad-Based: While hunting and fishing licenses will always be the core of funding for fish and wildlife management, additional funding should come from all Montanans to reflect the widespread benefits from conservation.

Reliable: Funding needs to be sustained over time to address the complexity and long time-frames of scientific wildlife conservation.

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TOTAL ESTIMATED NEED

$43.99 million / year

Meeting this total funding need could come through a combination of federal, state, and/or other funds. For instance, additional federal funding under the Recovering America's Wildlife Act could provide $29 million of this total need. We anticipate a resulting state-level funding need of approximately $14.99 million, which would include approximately $7.25 million to meet the non-federal match requirement of RAWA plus an additional $7.74 million in other state or nongovernmental spending.

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