The Montana Game Warden Association provided fencing materials to eight landowners in Eastern Montana this summer following wildfires that burnt wooden posts.
The MGWA received donations from hunter and hunting-based organizations throughout Montana totaling more than $11,000 to spend on the project.
The effort began after wildfires in Eastern Montana burned up miles of pasture fence for eight landowners who participate in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Block Management Program. Together, the landowners had more than 100 miles of private and leased land fence burned in wildland fires.
MGWA set up the fund campaign in August by agreeing to match the first $2,000 in donations from interested groups and hunters. The fund received more than $9,000 in additional donations from 22 groups and individuals, which were used to purchase 2,500 steel posts, 1 ½ miles of barbed wire and 10 wood posts at a discount.
In addition, FWP has coordinated volunteer fencing days at five ranches to repair more than 10 miles of damaged fence.