Montana Natural Areas Act (Montana)

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Place Montana

Applies to States or Provinces Montana
Name Montana Natural Areas Act of 1974 (Montana)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Start Date 1974

Program Administrator Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Primary Website

Last Review 2014-09-15


The Montana Natural Areas Act of 1974 provides for the designation and establishment of a system of natural areas in order to preserve the natural ecosystems of these areas. Designated natural areas are protected from development which may adversely affect the integrity of the area, unless the legislature specifically authorizes such development. Existing land uses at the time of designation may continue under appropriate leases or agreements, but will be subject to regulations established by the Board of Land Commissioners. State natural areas are managed by local managing entities.

Policy Contact

Department Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Address 1625 Eleventh Ave

Place Helena, Montana

Phone 406/444-2074

Department Board of Land Commissioners


Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 76-12-1 MCA
Date Effective 1974

Authority 2: ARM 36.27.101 through 211