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. 

Victory for hunters, anglers, outdoor recreationalists and Montana’s outdoor economy

In a bipartisan win for public access, a win for working ranches, and a win for our outdoor recreation economy, the Montana Legislature largely defended conservation funding approved by nearly 58% of voters last fall in recently passing H.B. 701.  MWF encourages Governor Greg Gianforte to sign the bill and deliver historic funding to Montana’s Great Outdoors.  

Montana Wildlife Federation took the extraordinary step of endorsing the legalization and conservation funding ballot measures because deficiencies for our public natural resources and their enjoyment have been decades in the making and needed to be addressed. A 2019 report produced by Montana-based Headwaters Economics found numerous funding shortfalls to keep up with the growing demands on our state’s parks, ranches and farms, public trails and public wildlife. For example: 

  • Wildlife management and conservation needs an estimated $15 million annually to keep pace with a host of growing challenges, from emerging issues like Chronic Wasting Disease in big game, aquatic invasive species in our fisheries to longstanding conservation priorities that include restoring key wildlife habitat such as big game winter range. 
  • Working lands including private farms, ranches and timberlands have an unmet need of $12.4 million. The needs include conservation easements over lands slated for development. Easements keep these lands in working agriculture and timber production, while also ensuring they provide the open space to maintain wildlife habitat and public recreation on these important areas. 
  • State trails for multiple-use recreation have a $7.1 million need to address safety, erosion and access. Statewide nearly three quarters of Montanans use trails Funding is needed for maintenance and improvements. 
  • The Montana State Park system has an estimated $25.7 million maintenance backlog just to keep up with the demand on facilities. The backlog includes repairing and upgrading campgrounds, restrooms and other facilities, and boosting educational programs to meet the increased visitation. 

Many of MWF’s affiliates, Board Directors, and members across the state joined 29 other conservation groups in working with a bipartisan group of legislators to secure a projected $16 million per year by 2025 for conservation in Montana.

Bad Bills and Bison

The 67th Montana Legislative Session set wildlife conservation back by decades in our great state and this is most apparent in the all-out assault on bison restoration. With just two bills, House Bill 302 and House Bill 318, this legislature was able to severely hamper any and all efforts to restore our national mammal on public lands in our eastern prairies where they once roamed.

Whereas House Bill 318 further restricts the definition of a wild bison to the point of being nearly impossible to meet, House Bill 302 gives county commissions the authority to be the deciding voice in whether wild bison can be translocated within their respective counties. Alone these bills present significant hurdles to restoring a free-roaming wild bison herd, but together they effectively kill any opportunity to restore this species. In many ways, the state has only achieved the result of hamstringing its own authority over wildlife while also ignoring the will of the majority of Montanans. Federal land agencies have stated their intent to establish wild bison on federal lands in appropriate places through the Trump administration’s Bison Conservation Initiative, and this can be done with, or without, the Gianforte administration.

To sum it up, Montana hunters and wildlife conservationists have been asking for a free-roaming wild bison herd for decades and, just when collaborative efforts were about to yield substantial results, one legislative session has set the clock back well over a decade. The Montana Wildlife Federation has submitted a request to Governor Gianforte asking him to veto these bills and respect the years of your hard work to begin restoration of this valued native wildlife species.  

Nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management

Tracey Stone-manning headshot

Montana Hunters and Anglers Praise Nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to Head Bureau of Land Management

 

HELENA, MT (April 22nd, 2020) — Today President Biden announced the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management. The move was applauded by the Montana Wildlife Federation and its affiliates.

“Tracy Stone-Manning’s steadfast leadership in the conservation of public lands has been recognized by just about everybody who cares about the outdoors,” said Frank Szollosi, executive director for the Montana Wildlife Federation. “She will be a strong leader at the Department of Interior, and both Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines should work swiftly to confirm her as the next BLM Director.”

“As a sportswoman herself, Tracy Stone-Manning recognizes the need to preserve hunting and angling opportunities for future generations,” said Walker Conyngham, president of Hellgate Hunters and Anglers. “We’re relieved to finally have a candidate for BLM leadership who has experience in working on federal land issues and who understands Montana values. She deserves a swift confirmation in the Senate.”

Stone-Manning, an avid hunter, is well known for working on Montana conservation issues. As a senior advisor at the National Wildlife Federation, she led efforts to conserve iconic Montana landscapes and restore balance to public lands management throughout the U.S. She also served as chief of staff for former Governor Steve Bullock and director of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality.

“It has truly been an honor and a pleasure to work with Tracy Stone-Manning over the past three years. As a hunter, backpacker, birder, and conservationist, she has a deep love for the public lands she will now manage. She also has a management style that will be welcomed by not only the employees who work at the Bureau of Land Management, but by members of Congress, industry officials, ranchers, conservation groups, and all other stakeholders who live, work and recreate on our public lands. Tracy is a consensus builder and a brilliant big-picture thinker. She will lead our public lands and the people, economies, and wildlife that rely on them into a bright and sustainable future. Her nomination is good news for Montana and our country,” said Marcia Brownlee, Montanan and program manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s Artemis Sportswomen initiative.

“The Friends of the Missouri Breaks applaud the nomination of Tracy Stone-Manning to head the Bureau of Land Management. Tracy is a known leader in the conservation community and will ensure that Montana’s most cherished landscapes, like the Missouri Breaks, are protected for all Americans to enjoy,” said Mikayla Moss, acting executive director for the Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument.

Stone-Manning would play a lead role in expanding access to BLM lands, ensuring outdated oil and gas leasing policies are updated to protect fish, wildlife and outdoor recreation, and tackling the climate crisis through the establishment of a 21st-century civilian climate corps which would restore degraded public lands while creating thousands of good-paying jobs.

“We are pleased to see a Montanan who understands access issues nominated to oversee much of our public lands,” said Drewry Hanes, executive director of the Public Land Water Access Association. “Tracy Stone-Manning has a strong record of working to protect and expand access to our public lands and we look forward to working with her after her confirmation by the Senate.”

Stone-Manning would be the first confirmed BLM Director since 2017, joining other Montanans in Department of Interior leadership such as principal deputy director of the USFS, Martha Williams and Danna Jackson, counselor to the BLM Director.

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

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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