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.

Become a Montana Wildlife Federation Ambassador

Are you passionate about wildlife, habitat, and public access, and sharing that passion with the world?

 

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Montana Wildlife Federation. We are Montana’s oldest, largest, and most effective conservation organization. MWF was founded in 1936 by hunters, anglers, landowners, and other conservationists who were concerned about the loss of Montana’s natural lands, healthy waters, and abundant wildlife. Our dedicated staff maintains this legacy. 

There are many reasons why the Montana Wildlife Federation was created over 80 years ago. One of them was to bring together the numerous organizations working on conservation issues. Diversity and inclusion are more than just words to us. They’re the hard-and-fast principles guiding how we have built our organization. As an ambassador, your background and perspectives will help to create a lasting and profound impact on conservation efforts around the state. 

By joining our team, you’ll become an ambassador for our organization and an influential representative for an audience of thousands of loyal hunting, fishing, wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. It’s important for our ambassadors to be knowledgeable about our mission and to participate in digital promotions.  

In the following materials, you will find our requirements to be an ambassador with Montana Wildlife Federation. 

Montana Wildlife Federation Requirements

  1. This is a volunteer position.
  2. Understand MWF’s mission.
  3. Share digital content with Montana Wildlife Federation for promotional uses. You share with us, we will share with our followers. 
  4. Be active on social channels such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. 
  5. Share Montana Wildlife Federation digital content regularly on your channels. 
  6. Contribute a minimum of 2 blog posts annually. This is a way for you to share your hunting/outdoor knowledge and promote your personal brand. 
  7. As your social footprint grows, send your followers invites to follow Montana Wildlife Federation. 

Please provide the following for consideration

Send materials to our Program and Partnership Director Marcus Strange at mstrange@mtwf.org  for consideration. 
  1. Short paragraph explaining why you’d like be an ambassador for Montana Wildlife Federation. 
  2. Links to your social media: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. 
  3. Link to your website (if available). 
  4. Any affiliations you have with other conservation organizations
  5. Your hunting/fishing/outdoor adventure schedule for the upcoming season. 

Thank you!

Important Items to Keep in Mind 

Montana Wildlife Federation Ambassador Requirements 

  • Ambassadors must practice legal and ethical hunting. Any violation will lead to the termination of the contract. 
  • Ambassadors must practice ethical and safe hunting, fishing, and trapping. The absence of safety on social media or elsewhere online will result in the termination of the contract.  
  • No political content that is candidates-focused or campaign-focused while wearing MWF’s logo. 

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/
 

How to Lobby the 2021 Montana Legislature

Important Resources

Legislative Services web site: http://leg.mt.gov/

Leave a Message for Legislators and Committees: 

Phone messages: (406) 444-4800 from 7:30 am and 5 pm

Website messages: https://leg.mt.gov/web-messaging/

Governor’s Telephone: (406) 444-3111 or via the web at governor.mt.gov/contact

The Montana Wildlife Federation’s Bill Tracker: https://montanawildlife.org/news/capitol-report-2021-bills-and-budgets/

MWF’s website provides the following useful information:

How to Lobby During a Pandemic

 

BE SAFE! Live to fight another day. Don’t enter the Capitol if you don’t have to. Some legislators will gather in the Capitol but others will participate remotely. That means you can also participate in legislative hearings from the comfort of your own home.

First, know what’s going on:

  1. Visit MWF’s website at to follow the bills and issues in which you are most interested. Each high priority bill will have a description and link to help you learn more about how you can help.  
  2. Join MWF’s weekly Legislative Action Team ZOOM meetings every Monday at 7 p.m. to learn what’s going on, how you can be involved, and to ask questions. You can participate using a telephone or a computer. 
  3. Keep up-to-date by joining MWF’s email list so you can get alerts and our regular updates, as well as action alerts when we really need a large voice to speak up. 



Second, know how to testify remotely: 

  1. If you want to testify remotely you must register on the legislative services website by 12 pm (noon) the day before the hearing. You can register to testify here: https://leg.mt.gov/public-testimony/ When you register you must fill in the box regarding written testimony. You can include written testimony or attachments when you register but you do not have to do so even though you do have to put something in that box for written testimony. Instead, you can write in the box that you have no written testimony. 
  2. The registration form allows you to say whether you want to testify via phone or computer. If you register to testify via computer the committee will not see your video feed only your name and Zoom profile photo if you have one. If you want to add a photo to your Zoom account so that legislators can see you (it adds a personal touch to an impersonal online format), login to your Zoom account on the web, click “Profile” and add a photo by clicking “change” and then upload the photo you want to use. 
  3. After you register you will receive a receipt via email. This only confirms your registration. The day of the hearing you will receive the Zoom link or phone number for the hearing. 
  4. The day of the hearing, click on the link that was e-mailed to you that day (if you do not receive the email, check your spam folder). 
  5. During the hearing they will ask for proponents of the bill followed by opponents. You will need to click on the “raise your hand” function at the bottom of the screen when they call for proponents or opponents. To raise your hand on the phone hit *9. 
  6. When the hearing administrator calls on you to testify, you must unmute yourself. To unmute on Zoom, click the microphone button on the lower left of the screen so the red line through the microphone image disappears. On the phone you can unmute yourself by dialing *6.
  7. When you testify always address your comments to the Chair and the Committee, followed by your name, how to spell your name, and where you are from. For example, start your testimony by saying, “Mr./Madame Chair, members of the committee, my name is —-, that is spelled —. I am from —.” 
  8. When testifying try to limit your comments to 3 minutes (about one typed page double-sided). Try not to repeat what others have said. Use personal stories whenever possible
  9. After you testify, stay until the hearing is over in case a committee member has a question for you. If you get asked a question always respond by addressing the committee Chair first followed by the Mr. committee member who asked the question (i.e., “Mr. Chair, Senator —, thank you for your question”). 

Contacting legislators before or after a hearing:

You can contact legislators through the legislative services phone number and email at the top of this page or you can use the legislature’s website to find their direct e-mail and phone number. You can also send them your comments in writing to:

  • Montana Senate, P.O. Box 200500, Helena, MT 59620, or 
  • Montana House of Representatives, P.O. Box 200400, Helena, MT 59620

When You Call to a Legislator

  • Have a script of what you would like to say. You are likely to get their voicemail. Please be respectful and keep your message short
  • If you talk to a legislator or they call back, address them as Senator or Representative
  • Say your name and where you are from
  • Provide a bill number and a very brief description
  • Be brief, honest, explicit, and courteous
  • Try to provide a personal perspective 
  • Don’t overstate your case and always admit if you don’t know an answer
  • Thank them for their time
  • Follow-up with any information you promise to provide

It’s up to us to stand up for our public wildlife, lands, waters and public access to enjoy them.

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Alec Underwood

Federal Conservation Campaigns 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