(1) These rules
establish the policy of the fish, wildlife and parks commission for the
acquisition of wildlife habitat by the department of fish, wildlife and parks.
This policy is popularly known as Habitat Montana. Habitat Montana is a key
tool in achieving the department's mission as stated in the vision document
adopted by the commission in November, 1992:
(a) The Montana
department of fish, wildlife and parks, and fish, wildlife and parks commission
provide for the stewardship of the fish, wildlife, parks and recreational
resources of Montana, while contributing to the quality of life for present and
(2) Through Habitat Montana, the commission and department will establish a
statewide wildlife habitat system which will conserve our wildlife resources
and pass them intact to future generations.