Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Montana Fishery
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Montana Fishery Project

Prairie Stream Inventory

July 2014 - June 2019


Participating Agencies

  • BLM-MT

The pearl dace and the northern redbelly x finescale dace hybrid (hereafter hybrid dace) are both Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sensitive species, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (MFWP) species of special concern. These two species are facing existing threats, appear to have undergone substantial range contractions, and are at risk of extirpation from the State of Montana. Inventory surveys are need to enable land managers to identify and prioritize potential areas and opportunities for long-term conservation of these species. This proposed research will benefit land management agencies and the general public by identifying current distribution, threats, and habitat conditions of pearl dace and hybrid dace. Moreover, we propose to work with BLM land managers to identify and prioritize conservation areas, potential management actions, land management practices, and inform NEPA analysis to ensure continued existence of pearl and hybrid dace and enhance the biotic integrity of prairie streams.