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Sanders Forest Restoration Initiative

Serving the landowners of Northwest Montana

Montana is no stranger to wildfire. Whether you own 100 trees, or 100 acres of trees, there are straight forward steps you can take to improve the health of your forest and reduce your risk of severe fire on your land. And that’s where we come in.

The Sanders Forest Restoration Initiative (SFRI) is a local partnership working to connect forest landowners in Sanders County with the right technical and financial resources available.



The majority of landowners want to leave their land better off than before



Landowners agree, their property will likely be impacted by wildfire in the next 5 years



Landowners are ready to take action and care for their forest

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Funds for your forest

From the rugged slopes of Mt. Baldy to the fertile plains below, forest landowners are coming together to care for the land they love. To support these forest landowners, the DNRC Forest Stewardship Program is providing financial support through cost-share grants for fuels reduction and stewardship programs to local partners in northwest Montana. These partners – including conservation districts, fire departments, and conservation non-profit groups – work with landowners to develop and fund cost-share projects.

If you are a forest landowner in Sanders County, financial assistance is available to help you achieve your forest stewardship goals. To learn more about this offer, contact us directly.

Learn about your land

Whether you are interested in enhancing the health of your forest – for current and future enjoyment, or reducing your risk for wildfire, the SFRI partnership is here to connect you with resources and support that will allow you to grow a healthier forest for you and your family to enjoy for years to come. Montana State University – Extension Forestry develops and delivers a wide range of educational material and in-person workshops that address Forest Stewardship Planning, Wildfire Hazard Reduction, Alternative Forest Management Practices, and Tree Pruning and Care. 

About The Partners

The American Forest Foundation (AFF), a non-governmental organization, works on behalf of family forest owners around the country who want to ensure their forests stay healthy for – wildlife, recreation, solitude, and most importantly a place to enjoy with family and friends.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) is charged with ensuring that Montana’s land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. The DNRC’s Forestry Division provides fire protection and landowner assistance to private forest owners across the state. Assistance opportunities include free consultations with DNRC service foresters, guidance on forest practices laws, discounted seedlings through the state nursery, answers to your questions about forest insects and disease, and cost-share funding through the DNRC stewardship program.

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