Grants to Montana organizations for the implementation of habitat restoration projects. Funding is intended to support projects that enhance the habitats of one or more priority wildlife species by managing, controlling, and eradicating harmful weeds. Eligible activities include herbicide, mechanical, biocontrol, and re-seeding treatments.
Projects are intended to be focused on ecologically important wildlife habitats with landscape-scale benefits. Grants, which are paid in the form of reimbursed expenses, may be issued for up to five years’ duration. Priorities for funding include: landscape-scale projects lands that are open to public hunting and involve priority wildlife habitats; noxious weed infestations that directly impact habitat functions; broad partnerships involving multiple landowners; proposals with leveraging beyond the minimum match funding requirement; projects that retain or restore native plant communities.
The Montana Wildlife Habitat Improvement Act was passed into law by the 2017 Legislature. The purpose of the act is to make federal funding available to restore priority wildlife habitats by managing noxious weeds. Grant dollar expenditures are limited to herbicides and additives, biological control agents, materials required for restoration seeding, fencing for prescribed grazing management (permanent electric and barbed wire) and associated contracted services for the above treatments and improvements.
The purpose of monitoring is to evaluate change in plant communities over time. All WHIP projects are required to monitor a representative portion of the noxious weed treatments to help determine if management objectives are being met. The WHIP Administrative Rules require grantees to use repeatable quantitative and qualitative vegetation monitoring for pre- and post-treatment conditions. The following are the monitoring requirements for the type of weed treatment:
Treatment Requirements The WHIP program can be used for cost sharing on fencing improvements (barbed wire and permanent electric) where livestock grazing has caused a decline in native plant communities and facilitated weed infestations. Prescribed grazing treatments cannot be a standalone weed control option. Grazing improvements must be part of an integrated weed control plan with herbicide, biological control, and/or reseeding treatments for a holistic approach to reducing weed infestations while improving the overall integrity of native plant communities.
For additional information regarding grazing, including eligible expenditures, see: https://fwp.mt.gov/binaries/content/assets/fwp/aboutfwp/grants/whip/whip-application-package-instructions.pdf#page=4
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Awarded grants can be structured to provide funding for up to five years.
A typical WHIP grant period starts July 1st and ends on June 30th of the last year of the grant project.