Smart planning to protect landscapes

Sep 10, 2014

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is proposing a conservation strategy for managing the largest, most intact and wildlife-rich areas of public lands in the BLM's Lewistown Field Office. We flew over the Cemetery Road complex, badlands and prairie country in the heart of the sage grouse core habitat region. We flew over the Judith Mountains, which provide the water supply for surrounding arid private lands, winter range for mule deer and elk, and habitat for Westslope cutthroat trout. We saw the Arrow Creek Breaks which is the rugged transition zone between a landscape dominated by dry-land agriculture a the Arrow Creek Bottoms which are dominated by hay production, but provide significant wildlife habitat and winter range for mule deer and elk.

 

As privately owned native prairies are converting to agriculture, natural landscapes and wildlife habitat are diminishing, which placines more pressure on public lands to support viable wildlife populations and the recreation economies that depend on them. To protect these values, TRCP is proposing a new model that keeps these lands intact, preserves access to recreation and restores wildlife habitat where appropriate.

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