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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reviewing a half dozen applications for its new habitat leasing program after the agency’s first round of solicitations.

Earlier this year, FWP launched an ambitious initiative to lease up to 500,000 acres of private lands in the next five years for prairie grassland wildlife habitation. Leases will also require a public access plan.

The agency received seven applications during its initial period that ended in September, six of which “look promising,” said spokesperson Greg Lemon. Staff is currently following up and doing due diligence, he added.


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