The Ranching for Rivers Program is a cost-share program designed to assist landowners protect riparian health through improved ranching practices. Through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Ranching for Rivers offers 50% cost-share for fencing material, off-site water infrastructure, and developing grazing management plans. Funding is also available for Conservation Districts and Watershed Groups to provide technical assistance on ranching management projects to local landowners in their area.
Landowners, Conservation Districts, and Watershed Groups who are working within areas with a DEQ-approved Watershed Restoration Plan are encouraged to apply for program funding for identified projects.
Priority funding will be given to projects that fall within an area with a DEQ-approved Watershed Restoration Plan. A status list of Watershed Restoration Plans can be found on: https://deq.mt.gov/Water/SurfaceWater/WatershedRestoration
Fencing Material for complete exclusions or “riparian pastures”
Materials for stream crossing
Permanent drinking tanks & winter tanks with storage
Contracted costs for the development of a Grazing Management Plan by a range specialist
Conservation District and Watershed Group Staff time for technical assistance
NRCS rates, provided in appendix A of the Ranching for Rivers Application, can be used to calculate expenses for certain practices
Time & labor costs by associated with project installation
Fencing/equipment maintenance or replacement
The Ranching for Rivers program offers 50% cost-share for project implementation and/or the development of a Grazing Management Plan. The 50% cost-share will be provided in the form of reimbursement following a completed project. Upon application acceptance, landowners are required to complete a landowner agreement requiring maintenance of the installed practice(s) for the expected life of the practice(s) (typically 10 years).
50% nonfederal match must be recorded and reported to SWCDM along with final project expenses and reporting. Match may include:
Dollars provided by other non-federal grants used to complete the project
Dollars provided directly by the landowner.
Laboring or administrative costs by a Conservation District, Watershed Group, or landowner not already being charged directly to the Ranching for Rivers program.
Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)
Farm Service Agency
- Disaster Relief
- Grazing & Grass-Fed
- Animal Health
Maryland Value Added Producer Grant - Capital Assets Option (MVAPG-CAO)
Maryland Agriculture and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation · Due Sep 18
Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program (NWTF)
Montana Department of Agriculture · Due Jan 6
- Cost Share
Small Ruminant Farmer Initiative for Mississippi (SRFI)
Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Small Producers
- Grazing & Grass-Fed
January 1, 2020
December 31, 2020
Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Montana (SWCDM)
Cost Share, Grant