National Forest Foundation (NFF): While primarily focused on land stewardship on National Forest lands, the NFF has in the past partnered with Teller Wildlife Refuge to control the spread of noxious weeds. The NFF can provide technical advice and funds. Matching awards programs are offered in several categories and may include opportunities for private lands stewardship or collaborative conservation efforts. For more information, visit the NFF website.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS): The USFWS has numerous programs aimed at providing technical advice and funding for private lands conservation. Teller Wildlife Refuge has partnered with the USFWS under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants program to restore nearly 40 acres of wetlands. For more information regarding USFWS and NAWCA grants programs, please visit their websites.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): NRCS provides technical advice and funding for numerous conservation practices on private lands. Teller Wildlife Refuge has received NRCS support to expand crop irrigation capabilities, riparian and wetland restoration, weed control and tree and shrub planting. Applications for assistance can be acquired at a local NRCS office, or by visiting the Montana NRCS.
Ravalli County Weed District: Funds and technical advice as well as volunteer events to eradicate noxious weeds can be provided by the Ravalli County Weed District. The District has partnered with Teller Wildlife Refuge numerous times through participation in weed grants, education and volunteer weed pulls. For more information about this potential private lands partner, contact the Ravalli County Weed District.
Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (MTFWP): MTFWP has numerous programs aimed at assisting private landowners with funding and technical advice regarding conservation activities. Teller Wildlife Refuge has partnered with MTFWP on conservation programs related to fishing and hunting access, upland game bird food plots, and wetland restoration. For more information regarding partner opportunities, visit MTFWP.
Bitterroot Conservation District (BCD): The Bitterroot Conservation District has an annual cost-share program to assist private land owners in Ravalli County wishing to engage in conservation practices to improve the land. Teller Wildlife Refuge has partnered with the BCD to expand its weed control effort as well as for wetland restoration. For more information regarding BCD, please visit the BCD website.