Photo by Greysen Johnson.

Protect Wildlife, Big Game Habitat, and Public Access in Central Montana 

The draft Lewistown Resource Management Plan (RMP) scrapped previous plans to potentially protect over 250,000 acres of essential big game habitat and opened much of the 651,200 surface acres to oil and gas development. This area is not only of high environmental importance but is also the backbone of our hunting and tourist-based economy.

The BLM has a choice: the agency can both protect these unique backcountry wildlands, protect our hunting opportunity, and secure our economic future, or it can leave the door open to more development and habitat loss, thereby putting our economic future at risk.

Montanans need to speak up to encourage the BLM and the Department of the Interior to protect public lands and wildlife habitat in one of America’s last and largest areas of wild prairie.

It’s Time to Fully Fund LWCF

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is known as one of the most successful conservation tools in the United States. Funding new parks and trails, protecting wildlife habitat and increasing access to public lands, it’s easy to see why LWCF enjoys such bipartisan support.

Since the creation of LWCF, Congress has siphoned billions of dollars from the fund to other uses, leaving conservation projects unfunded. That’s why we need to work now to ensure the future of LWCF by getting it the full and dedicated funding that the people of Montana deserve.

Currently, there are two bills, s.1081 and H.R. 3195, that would provide full and dedicated funding to LWCF. Congress understands how important this fund is to hunters, anglers and all outdoor recreationists and we applaud Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines on being co-sponsors of the Senate bill that would ensure LWCF’s future.

Take action NOW to send a message to Congressman Greg Gianforte telling him to co-sponsor H.R. 3195 to protect Montana’s hunting and fishing heritage.

Protect the Blackfoot River for Future Generations 

The Blackfoot River and surrounding landscape are cherished by Montanans and visitors from around the world. It’s a landscape that provides for almost every form of recreation, from snowmobiling to fly fishing, and provides some of the most quality fish and wildlife habitat in Montana. Whether you hunt, hike, bike, or birdwatch, all Montanans recognize the importance of landscapes like the Blackfoot to Montana’s heritage.

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, introduced by Senator Jon Tester, is an opportunity to preserve this landscape well into the future. For over a decade, this proposal has resulted in 140 jobs, thousands of miles of trails restored, and millions of dollars invested in the local community.

Montana’s congressional delegation has the ability to pass this legislation to protect Montana’s heritage. Send a message to our elected officials today in support of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.

Stand for the Badger-Two Medicine

Last Thursday, United States Senator Jon Tester introduced a Senate resolution reemphasizing the importance of protecting the Badger-Two Medicine. Senator Tester has long supported the Blackfeet people and Montana hunters and anglers in the fight to permanently protect the last unprotected piece of the Rocky Mountain Front. MWF and our collaborative partners thank Senator Tester for his support.

MWF is asking our other Montana congressional delegates, Senator Daines and Congressman Gianforte, to also support this resolution.  Please take a moment to contact Senator Daines and Congressman Gianforte and ask them to stand with Senator Tester in defense of the Badger. At the same time, you can join MWF thanking Senator Tester for his support.