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Politics wrongly threatens conservation program


December 4, 2018

In 1987, the Montana Legislature directed Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to establish a statewide wildlife habitat system to better conserve “our wildlife resources and pass them intact to future generations.” This program, called “Habitat Montana,” turned out to be one of the most successful conservation and public access programs in the West. A recent opinion by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, however, places the power to approve all conservation easements funded by the program in the hands of the Land Board. This oversight by an obstructionist Land Board interfe...

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