Cascade County in Central Montana has an area of 2,711 square miles and a population of 82,278. The Missouri River flows through the county from southwest to northeast, with the Great Falls of the Missouri located in north-central Cascade County. The city of Great Falls is one of the largest in Montana. The Little Belt Mountains in the southeast part of the county and the Big Belt Mountains in the southwest are higher in elevation and precipitation than the more northern portion of Cascade County.
Most of the land in Cascade County is privately owned. Prime farmland is limited. Range is the dominant land use at 60 percent, followed by dryland and irrigated crop/fallow/hay at 32 percent and commercial forest at eight percent. The NRCS office, located in Great Falls, offers voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in natural resource conservation based on a focused approach using long range planning with local input.
Current Financial Assistance Opportunities for Cascade County Landowners
In addition to these local projects, producers may also apply for statewide programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, national Environmental Quality Incentives Program initiatives, and conservation easement programs. For more information on these and other programs, see State Programs and Initiatives on the NRCS Montana webpage.