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Forestry Assistance




The Forestry Assistance Bureau (FAB) provides service to local Montana communities and private landowners in order to promote sustainable forests and watersheds for the benefit of all Montanans.

Forestry Assistance falls into 4 general categories:


  • Education: We sponsor workshops, seminars, field days, and provide written materials to provide clients with the information they need to be good stewards of forest land.
  • Technical assistance: Our program specialists and service foresters provide personalized, on-site consultations to forest communities and landowners.
  • Financial assistance: We provide grants and cost-share programs to community and private forest owners to help them implement long-term stewardship plans.
  • Collaboration: We partner with other forestry agencies and groups, striving to diversify the Montana forestry network by initiating new partnerships and strengthening existing ones.

The Forestry Assistance Bureau delivers assistance in the following program areas:


  • Forest Pest Management: Provides assistance to forested landowners and others in the identification and management of forest insects and diseases.

  • Forest Practices: Provides forested landowners with the resources necessary to comply with Montana's forest practices laws, rules, and forest water quality best management practices.

  • Forest Products and Biomass: Provides information and financial assistance that promotes forest product and biomass market and business development.

  • Forest Stewardship: Assists forested land owners in acquiring personal knowledge about their forest resources, developing a stewardship plan for their property, and implementing their objectives with financial and technical assistance.

  • Urban and Community Forestry: Provides Montana’s urban communities with assistance in establishing and maintaining urban forestry programs through grant support, technical advice, and formation of community tree boards and Tree City USA recognition.

  • Conservation Seedling Nursery: Produces and distributes seedlings for conservation plantings to private, state, federal, and tribal landowners.


Special Initiatives:


  • Buy Montana Wood: Contains a directory of wood products manufacturers in Montana, wood design resources, and information on the benefits that wood and wood products provide for Montana.



Guiding Documents


The priorities, objectives, and strategies of FAB programs and initiatives are directed by a set of guiding documents, including the Statewide Assessment of Forest Conditions and the Montana Forest Action Plan. Visit the Montana Forest Action Plan website for more details. 

FAB is currently in the process of developing a program-wide strategic plan. Check back later for more information or contact the Forestry Division office. 



2705 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804
Phone: (406) 542-4300
Fax: (406) 542-421