Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks helped NRCS form a state EQIP special initiative dating back as early as 2005, intending to help conserve sage grouse habitats through grazing management. Various training and planning sessions were the basis for what later became SGI. MFWP has continued to collaborate with NRCS through jointly funded positions (including the SGI field staff position in Glasgow, MT) as well as through a cooperative study of grazing management to determine the program’s effectiveness to conserve sage grouse. MFWP is responsible for managing and conserving all wildlife within the state. Long-term monitoring, research, technical guidance, outreach and habitat conservation are the primary roles played by MFWP to conserve sage grouse and other wildlife.