Sage Grouse Program’s new web site to offer streamlined process for developers
HELENA, Mont – Big improvements are coming for users of the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program’s web site.
Program Manager Carolyn Sime said IT staff from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and Sitka Technology Group, a private contractor, have made a range of enhancements for those who visit the site to obtain a state permit for proposed developments in sage grouse habitats.
“The new site will offer a much better experience for both users and program staff,” said Sime. “We’ve streamlined the submission process for users and provided them with a range of new tools and site enhancements, enabling them to be as proactive as possible in designing their projects to avoid or minimize impacts to sage grouse and their habitats.”
Users will log in using a State of Montana ePass account, which offers online security for their information. Questions will prompt users to provide specific information in a step-by-step process, assuring that Program staff have most everything needed to for a review of the project proposal with minimal follow-up.
The site has been in development for the past year, and went through extensive internal testing by IT staff and developers who had used the existing web site, along with input from private industry, landowners, and state and federal project managers.
The current web site will be turned off beginning Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 8 a.m., with the new site going live at 8 a.m. the following day (Friday, April 7). The web address will remain the same: www.sagegrouse.mt.gov.
Sime said the new web site will continue to provide information about the Sage Grouse Program, the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team, and other important updates on Montana’s sage grouse conservation efforts.
Program staff have scheduled two live webinars to provide a demonstration of the new site and its features, with an emphasis on how to submit a project for consultation. The webinars will take place April 11, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. MDT, and April 12, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit www.sagegrouse.mt.gov beginning April 10 for details on participating in a webinar.
The Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program works to sustain viable sage grouse populations and conserve habitat, enabling Montanans to maintain control of their lands, wildlife, and economy by avoiding a listing under the federal Endangered Species Act.
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