Governor Steve Bullock announced today that the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) has awarded grants totaling $1,500,000 for forest restoration and forest fuels reduction projects on state and private lands across Montana.
The grants are a component of Governor Bullock’s Forests In Focus initiative, and represent the final installment of $5 million in funding authority granted to DNRC for this purpose during the 2016-17 biennium.
Over the last four years, a total of $8.5 million has been allocated for forest restoration projects on private, state, tribal, and federal lands, and for developing new wildland fire engines distributed to Montana counties through the DNRC County Cooperative Fire Program.
Ten forest restoration projects will funded in Granite, Missoula, Lewis and Clark, Powell, Wheatland, Fergus, Rosebud, and Powder River counties that will restore more than 2,550 acres, generating more than six million board feet of sawlogs, 16,000 tons of pulp, and 500 tons of post and pole material.
“This funding continues to leverage the hard work of Montana forest landowners and contractors to reduce fire hazards and restore forests while providing logs for Montana mills,” said Bullock. “We know this is important to forest landowners and the 6,500 Montana families who rely on jobs in Montana’s forest industry.”
For more information on the Forests In Focus initiative, or questions regarding these grants, please contact State Forester Bob Harrington with the DNRC Forestry Division at (406) 542-4300.