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Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team

The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team (MSGOT) oversees implementation of Montana's Sage Grouse Conservation Strategy by the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program (Program). MSGOT and the Program implement the Greater Sage Grouse Stewardship Act, along with Executive Orders 12-2015 and 21-2015. Individual MSGOT members also implement Montana's Sage Grouse Conservation Strategy through their respective agencies and programs.


MSGOT is administratively attached to the Governor’s Office for administrative purposes. The Program is administratively hosted by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC).


MSGOT is required to meet at least quarterly. A complete audio recording, a summary of the audio recording, and meeting materials are archived for each meeting. Meeting Archive is available on this page.


Members

  • Shaun McGrath
    Director, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Martha Williams
    Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • John Tubbs
    Director, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Mike Tooley
    Director, Montana Department of Transportation
  • Jim Halvorson
    Administrator, Montana Board of Oil and Gas
  • Patrick Holmes
    Governor’s Office
  • Diane Ahlgren
    Montana Rangeland Resources Committee
  • Senator Mike Lang
    SD 17 Malta, Montana
  • Representative Rhonda Knudsen
    HD 34 Culbertson, Montana

Mitigation

The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team approved the mitigation documents below on October 4, 2018. The administrative rules took effect January 12, 2019. The Habitat Conservation Program is now implementing the approved administrative rules and the mitigation system.

Information for developers can be found after logging into the web application. Click on “New Project” in the upper right corner and look for new information on the Instructions Page. Information for credit providers can be found on the new Credits webpage. Please contact the Program if you need assistance.


Administrative Rules

The Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team adopted final administrative rules pertaining to Stewardship Fund grants, the habitat quantification tool, and mitigation. The final adoption notice was published in the Montana Administrative Register on January 11, 2019. The rules took effect on January 12, 2019. A copy of all administrative rules implementing the Montana Sage Grouse Stewardship Act is below. They are also available on the web at http://mtrules.org by searching for the term "sage grouse".

Upcoming Meetings

May 14, 2019 - 1:15 PM - Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team Meeting, DNRC Headquarters, Montana Room, 1539 11th Ave. Helena

Meeting Archive

2019 Meeting Agendas & Notes

2018 Meeting Agendas & Notes

2017 Meeting Agendas & Notes

Older Meeting Agendas & Notes

All Meeting materials available by request.

Public Comment

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