HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $1.2 million to several Rocky Mountain front projects.
The grants are aimed at controlling weeds, promoting fish-friendly irrigation ditches and testing mid-sized wind turbines in Cascade County.
The Rocky Mountain Front Weed Roundtable gets $220,000 to improve weed control efforts.
The Clark Fork Coalition gets $54,000 to evaluate a new fish screen technology for small-scale irrigation diversions.
And the Cascade County Conservation District gets $1 million to test the viability of new wind turbines in agricultural operations.
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says the grants support the priorities of his proposed Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act that would expand wilderness and conservations areas.