Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program
The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program sets forth Montana’s Conservation Strategy for the conservation, regulatory protection, and management of sage grouse. The Conservation Strategy is based on the collaborative work of the Montana Greater Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council, Executive Order 10-2014, the Montana Sage Grouse Stewardship Act passed during the 2015 Legislative Session, and Executive Order 12-2015.
The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) was created by Executive Order 10-2014 and further defined by the 2015 Legislature through Senate Bill 261, the Montana Greater Sage Grouse Stewardship Act, and Executive Order 12-2015. The Team's role is to oversee administration of the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program and implement Montana's Sage Grouse Conservation Strategy. The Team implements the Conservation Strategy through members' respective agencies and programs.
The Stewardship Fund serves to maintain, enhance, restore, expand or benefit sage grouse habitat and populations. Through competitive funding, the Fund facilitates free-market mechanisms for voluntary, incentive-based conservation efforts.