The 2021 Montana Legislature: Bills and Budgets

Every session of the Montana Legislature, numerous bills come forward that affect our public lands, waters, fish and wildlife resources. In addition, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks needs to craft a budget that meets the needs of those resources, as well as all Montanans who enjoy wildlife, fish, and our state parks in numerous ways. Join state Sen. Tom Jacobson, Montana FWP Chief of Staff Quentin Kujala and MWF Conservation Director Nick Gevock for a look at what are likely to be the biggest issues in the upcoming 2021 Legislature. 

You can now register to attend the celebration conservation victories and help build capacity for the challenges and opportunities ahead. The auction and Membership meeting is open to conservationists in Montana, across the country and around the world. Share this invitation widely with your networks! Register today, invite your team, and get ready for some exciting updates in your inbox soon!

Sen. Tom Jacobson, D-Great Falls, has served three terms in the state House and one in the Senate while serving on the House Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Senate Fish and Game committees. Tom is a lifelong hunter and angler and has been a strong advocate for Montana hunters, anglers and outdoor recreational users. He has also stood up for protecting public lands and been a strong advocate for increasing access to those lands and waters. He has twice received awards for his work from the Montana Wildlife Federation. 

Quentin Kujala is chief of staff for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He has previously served as a senior biologist within the Wildlife Division of FWP and as a field biologist working along the Rocky Mountain Front. He has a master’s degree in fish and wildlife science from Montana State University. 

Nick Gevock serves as the conservation director for the Montana Wildlife Federation. Before that he worked as newspaper reporter in Bozeman and Butte, covering numerous natural resource, wildlife and public lands issues throughout southwestern Montana. He is an avid hunter, angler and outdoor recreationist. He travels throughout Montana with his dog Willow in pursuit of birds, hunts big game and likes to flyfish. Gevock works on key wildlife, habitat and access issues at the local, state and federal level. 

Public Access to Public Lands, Opportunities

Access to public land – everybody’s for it. But often, the solutions to landlocked or large blocks of public lands that are inaccessible to the public are complex. There are a host of state and federal programs that help acquire land that is mixed in with public land, or open easements to those lands. But in other cases, the solutions are more complex. 

Join a panel discussion that includes MWF staff and a board member, and a federal official to talk about an effort in the East Crazy Mountains to increase access, as well as other measures MWF is pursuing to help increase public access. Registration is required.

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JohnSJohn Salazar serves as a board member for the Montana Wildlife Federation. He is a longtime hunter and angler, and outdoor recreationist who lives in Livingston. John has served for nearly two years on a working group of landowners, hunters, conservation interests and others working to improve public access into the Crazy Mountains of the Custer-Gallatin and Lewis and Clark national forests. He owns a restoration company in Livingston and enjoys the outdoors with his family. 

 

nickGNick Gevock serves as the conservation director for the Montana Wildlife Federation. Before that he worked as newspaper reporter in Bozeman and Butte, covering numerous natural resource, wildlife and public lands issues throughout southwestern Montana. He is an avid hunter, angler and outdoor recreationist. He travels throughout Montana with his dog Willow in pursuit of birds, hunts big game and likes to flyfish. Gevock works on key wildlife, habitat and access issues at the local, state and federal level. 

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The auction and Membership meeting is open to conservationists in Montana, across the country and around the world. Share this invitation widely with your networks! Register today, invite your team, and get ready for some exciting updates in your inbox soon!

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