Montana DNRC Forested State Trust Lands
Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (MT DNRC) Trust Land Management Division (TLMD) has developed a voluntary multi-species HCP with technical assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). The HCP intends to sustain DNRC management practices over time while conserving habitat for five fish and wildlife species, three of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The HCP was prepared to meet regulatory compliance with Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. Section 10 provides a regulatory mechanism to allow for the incidental take of federally endangered and threatened species of wildlife by private interests and non-federal government agencies during lawful land practices. This authorization is granted through an Incidental Take Permit (Permit).
The HCP Permit period extends 50 years and covers forest management activities on classified forest state trust lands that provide habitat for species currently listed or having the potential to be listed under the ESA. Those species include: grizzly bear, Canada lynx, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, and redband trout.
"Our mission is to manage the State of Montana's trust land resources to produce revenue for the trust beneficiaries while considering environmental factors and protecting the future income-generating capacity of the land."— Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Trust Land Management Division.