- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana wildlife officials say the loss of the Land and Water Conservation Fund threatens the federal grants the state uses to help manage endangered and threatened species.

The Independent Record reports (https://bit.ly/1LJV2lN ) Montana has received more than $14.3 million in State Wildlife Grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2000.

Adam Brooks of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the end of the Land and Water Conservation Fund could harm the program that focuses on nongame species in need of management, such as small birds, reptiles and amphibians.

The fund also paid for $41 million in Habitat Conservation Plan grants to the state since 2002. The grants are used to buy land and easements in threatened and endangered species’ habitats.

Congress let the Land and Water Conservation Fund lapse in September.

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Information from: Independent Record, https://www.helenair.com


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