MWF Legislation Toolkit

To be successful, MWF needs one thing: YOU. It’s important that the voices of parents, grandparents, community members and others are heard by our legislators and the Governor so they know how important Montana’s wildlife and wild places are to you. Together, with your support, we’ll again achieve great things for Montana

You choose how you want us to contact you in moments when it’s important to quickly and collectively respond to emerging opportunities and threats to Montana’s wildlife, habitat, and public access.  

THE BASICS

As a Legislative Action Team Member You Will:

-Receive insider updates and breaking news as bills are moving during the session.

-Safely engage in online advocacy using your own social media accounts.

-Build relationships with other conservation advocates.

-Get previews of bills that are scheduled for hearings each week.

-Have opportunities and expert help weighing in with your legislators on wildlife, habitat, and access priorities.

-Engage with other Montana conservation advocates and leverage grassroots action to make our collective voice heard.

Check out these strategies to get your lawmaker’s attention and advocate for Montana’s wildlife, habitat, and public access. 

BEST PRACTICES

TAG MWF AND USE #MWFSHOWSUP

This helps us to see your stories! By tagging or using our hashtag you’re letting us know which bills, issues, and places matter to you.

MAINTAIN CIVILITY

Always be polite online. Do not use all capital letters to make a point since it may be perceived that you are yelling. Avoid cuss words.

USE PICTURES

When possible, include a photo of you, landscape, wildlife, or live streaming events.

FOLLOW UP

Be persistent and your message will get through. You might not get a response the first time when you Tweet at your decision-makers or leave your elected officials a comment on their Facebook page.

FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL 
FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE

@MTWildlife https://twitter.com/MTWildlife

@MontanaWildlife https://www.facebook.com/MontanaWildlife/

@MTWildlife https://www.instagram.com/mtwildlife

@MontanaWildlife Federation http://bit.ly/MontanaWildlifeYouTube

 

TIPS FOR INSTAGRAM

When applicable, tag your elected officials, partners, or supporters of conservation issues in MT in the image to notify them and continue building the relationship.

Make sure to share photos and videos taken in your community.

Use #MWFShowsUP and don’t forget to tag us @mtwildlife.

TIPS FOR FACEBOOK

Tag us @MontanaWildlife!  When applicable, tag your elected officials, partners, or supporters of conservation issues in MT in the image to notify them and continue building the relationship.

Comment and share our posts. This will help boost our reach.

TIPS FOR TWITTER

Use #MWFSHOWSUP

Help us create a spike. To demonstrate broad support for an issue, we will be hosting “Day of Action.” 

Tag us @mtwildlife!

Creating videos for use on social media is a great way for MWF to share your story. Two powerful ways we can use video are 1) recording testimonials and 2) live-streaming events. Use these tips to create high-quality videos that MWF can use to further protect and preserve Montana’s wildlife, access, and habitat.

BELOW ARE SOME IDEAS FOR YOUR VIDEO:

Respond to the prompt “Why do you advocate for Montana’s wildlife?”

I am calling on you to support bill #___

Respond to one of the following questions:

What impact has public lands had on your life or your community?

What do you want people to know about Montana’s wildlife?

Why do you love the Montana’s public lands?

What would you tell people who want to become supports for MWF?

 

GUIDE TO WRITING LETTERS TO THE EDITOR:

Pick a timely topic. Newspapers rarely publish letters on topics that are not already being covered in the news.

Research Guidelines. Most paper’s length limit on LTEs is around 250 words. Stick to this so that an editor does not cut out the important points of your letter.

Do not assume that your readers are informed about your topic. Give a concise but informative background before plunging into the main issue.

Also include any relevant credentials that prove you are informed about your topic.

Find a local angle Readers are more interested in an issue when they see how it affects their lives and communities.

QUESTIONS?

Connect with MWF’s Director of State Policy and Government Relations Marcus Strange at mstrange@mtwf.org.

The First Annual Montana Women’s Ice Fishing Clinic

YOU are invited to the first annual Montana Women’s Ice Fishing Clinic on Lake Mary Ronan, organized by the Montana Wildlife Federation and Artemis Sportswomen.

Our community is an inclusive one. We welcome all womxn and gender non-conforming folks to this event.

This one-day event is meant to nurture new and experienced ice anglers alike, build community and help women feel confident on the ice. Meeting new women from all walks of life, different experience levels, and different expectations is what makes this opportunity so incredibly unique.

Though experienced anglers will be present to help with set-up and to give fishing tips, the Women’s Ice Fishing Clinic is not a guided outing. It is not guaranteed success. It is, however, guaranteed fun! 

Here are the details:

Date(s): Saturday, March 5th, 2022

Time: 6AM-Dark

Lunch is provided!

Location: Lake Mary Ronan

Register Here and come find your ice crew! 

You must register in advance to attend.

What’s included: all ice fishing equipment, shelters, coffee and tea on the ice, lunch

Fishing Licenses are required. Need one? You can purchase from any sporting goods shop or online through Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks: https://fwp.mt.gov/buyandapply/fishinglicenses

Secure your spot now with a $10 participation fee (a minimum 2 week cancellation in writing is required to receive a full refund).

Items to Bring: Warm boots, extra socks, warm gloves, warm hat, lots of layers, thermos/travel mug and camp chair

Items to bring if you’ve got ‘em: ice fishing pole, lures and bait, hemostats, bucket (doubles as a chair!), hand warmers, crampons and other ice fishing equipment

Traveling to attend?

Wild Horse Hot Springs is about 45 minutes from Lake Mary Ronan and is an excellent place to stay and soak! Link for more information and to book: https://wildhorsehotsprings.com/

Email any and all questions to Morgan Marks at morgan@mtwf.org or call 406-403-4464

We hope to see you on the hard water!

MWF 67th Legislative Survey

Take the MWF 67th Legislative Survey 

 

We’d love to hear from you!

For decades, the Montana Wildlife Federation has been a leading voice for protecting and enhancing our public wildlife, lands, and access at the Montana Legislature. Your feedback will help us ensure that we continue to improve upon our efforts to protect and enhance issues that affect wildlife, habitat, and access for sportswomen and sportsmen, and recreationists.

Conservation Celebration

SAVE YOUR SPOT

Registration is required.

4/30/21 10 AM

Want to learn how to become a conservation advocate in your spare time?

Join the Montana Artemis Alliance for a live podcast recording of the Artemis Podcast. In this episode, they’ll dive into how to become an outdoor advocate and chat with an MAA member about her journey to being a conservation advocate. Bring your questions as Marcia and the gang will be answering your questions live.

4/30/21 4 PM

Everything you need to know about bear hunting in Montana

Join Joe Kondelis, President of the Western Bear Foundation, for everything you need to know about bear hunting in Montana. We’ll dive into everything from scouting to field dressing.

5/1/21 5 PM

Voices in Conservation

Join panelists Kathy Hadley, co-lead for Artemis Sportswomen Alliance and Montana Wildlife Federation board member, Jimmy Flatt Hunters of Color Founder, Anna Le Field Instructor at Yellowstone National Park, Jayne Henson of Queers and Camo, and DeAnna Bublitz founder of DEER Camp as they discuss how hunters and anglers are speaking up for wildlife and wildlands while diversifying the outdoors.

Save your spot!

Registration is required and the cleanup will be capped at 16 participants.

5/1/2021 9 AM

Willard Creek Trailhead Cleanup

Join us at the Willard Creek trailhead to do some cleanup, sign installations, and light fence repair. The trailhead is 35 minutes from Helena in the Elkhorns. The intent is to give the public better access to the trailhead. 

Have questions? Reach out to our Programs and Partnership Director Marcus Strange at mstrange@mtwf.org

MWF 2021 Legislative Leadership Guide

A full list of legislators and relevant committees is available by clicking here. 

Officers of Senate 

  • President: Mark Blasdel, R-Kalispell
  • President Pro Tempore: Jason Ellsworth, R-Hamilton
  • Majority Leader: Cary Smith, R-Billings
  • Majority Whips: Doug Kary, R-Billings; Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls; Gordy Vance, R-Belgrade
  • Minority Leader: Jill Cohenour, D-Helena
  • Minority Whips: JP Pomnichowski, D-Bozeman; Pat Flowers, D-Bozeman; Diane Sands, D-Missoula

Officers of the House of Representatives 

  • Speaker: Wylie Galt, R-Martinsdale
  • Speaker Pro Tempore: Casey Knudsen, R-Malta
  • Majority Leader: Sue Vinton, R-Billings
  • Majority Whips: Seth Berglee, R-Joliet; Dennis Lenz, R-Billings; Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls; Derek Skees, R-Kalispell
  • Minority Leader: Kim Abbot, D-Helena
  • Minority Caucus Chair: Marilyn Marler, D-Missoula
  • Minority Whips: Tyson Running Wolf, D-Browning; Laurie Bishop, D-Livingston; Derek Harvey, D-Butte

Who is your legislator?
If you do not know who your legislators are, you can search by your address at: https://www.leg.mt.gov/map/
 

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Add your email to start protecting Montana's natural treasures.

Alec Underwood

Senior Policy & evelopment Director

Alec is responsible for developing and implementing MWF’s federal conservation advocacy and policy campaigns to protect Montana’s fish and wildlife. He spends most of his free time hunting big game and fly fishing Montana’s cherished trout rivers. He also enjoys backpacking, skiing, photography, and woodworking. 

alec@mtwf.org