Accomplishments

Abbreviated Accomplishments

  • A lead Montana organization working in partnership with ranchers, wildlife enthusiasts, local business owners, backpackers, and hunters and anglers to organize the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front that successfully helped pass a tax-relief bill and congressional ban of new oil and gas drilling leases and hard rock mining on a 100 mile stretch, 400,000 acres of National Forest and BLM lands along the Rocky Mountain Front (RMF).
  • A lead Montana organization in partnership with other non-profit conservation organizations that successfully promoted the Congressional designation of the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument for a portion of the Missouri River in Montana.
  • The lead Montana organization that developed and successfully promoted the congressional approval of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Canyon Ferry Conservation Fund) generating up to $18 million for land protective conservation easements and acquisitions that expand public access opportunities.
  • Lead Montana sponsor of statewide symposiums on: Wildlife Health - People's Health: What are the risks?, Privatizing Our Wildlife: Common Property in the Public Trust, The Rocky Mountain Front: The Threats and Value,s Deer Management, Elk Management, and Our Public Wildlife, to name a few.
  • Developed a 'Hunter and Angler Code of Ethics' that is being distributed state-wide.
  • Acted as principle organization for the passage of the Montana Subdivision Reform Act.
  • Acted as principle organization for the passage of the Montana Habitat Acquisition Act that funnels over $2 million of sportsmen and sportswomen license dollars into critical wildlife habitat land acquisition (Habitat Montana).
  • MWF helped craft and pass legislation that established the Montana Block Management Program and Fishing Access Enhancement program.
  • MWF helped organize the Montana Legislative Sportsmen's Caucus.
  • MWF is the leading citizens organization promoting the Public Trust Doctrine and North American Model of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.
  • Acted as principle organization for the passage of legislation that opened 5.2 million acres of state public lands to the Montana recreating public.
  • Acted as principle organization for the passage of the Montana Stream Access Law and successfully defended legal challenges in defense of the Stream Access Law.
  • Negotiated an in-stream flow agreement with Montana agricultural interests providing for minimum stream flows to sustain fisheries.
  • Acted as principle organization promoting sheep grazing reform to protect wild free-ranging bighorn sheep on State Public Lands.
  • Acted, and continues to act, as a major influence and participant on the Private Land/Public Wildlife State Governor's Council.
  • The lead organization moving the Montana Governor and State Fish, Wildlife & Parks to enforce a temporary moratorium on game farm interstate transportation.
  • Assisted in getting Montana Senators Conrad Burns and Max Baucus to not support the Stevens Rider that would have given local county commissions the authority to open roadless lands to roadbuilding for resource extractive use.
  • Developed the statewide campaign to "Keep Public Lands, In Public Hands."
  • Lead nation-wide organization that has successfully defeated efforts to sell off public lands, Pombo Bill, and others.
  • MWF is the developed and administrator's of the Phil Tawney Hunters Conservation Endowment that makes grants to students and non-profit local hunting, fishing, and wildlife conservation groups that further the cause's of resource conservation, habitat protection, and youth mentoring and education relating to wildlife and ethical hunting.
  • Lead Montana organization that successfully passed a citizens ballot initiative for game farm reform (I-143) at the 2000 General elections.
  • Lead organization on the state Sage Grouse Working Group, working for the restoration of Sage Grouse, and habitat enhancement programs.
  • Participant on Governor's task force for the regulation of Game Farms.
  • Major participant on the state Wolf Management Planning Task Force.
  • Participant on the State Westslope Cutthroat Trout Reintroduction Task Force.
  • Participant on the Governor's Negotiated Rules Committee Governing Game Farms.
  • Particpant in state-wide River Recreation Advisory Council
  • Participant of "Common Ground," a citizens/industry group working on multiple use management issues and endangered species in the Flathead National Forest.
  • Current NGOs collaborator promoting standards and protective measures for Coal Bed Methane development.
  • Major participant on the Montana Consensus Council evaluation of public access.
  • Participant with other conservation and environmental groups acting for the passage of the Montana Water Quality Act, the Streambed Preservation Act, Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA), and Major Facility Siting Act.
  • Participant with other conservation organizations supporting the buy out of the Crown Butte/New World Mine, preserving thousands of acres for wildlife, coordinated statewide education campaigns to prevent future industrial water pollution related to mining and other commodity impacts.
  • Participant with Northern Rockies Campaign to affect public land management policies.
  • Participant in the Yellowstone River Forum working for greater regulations to protect riparian zones within the lower Yellowstone River corridor.
  • Participant on the Montana Natural Resource Damage Program - Clark Fork River Restoration Project.
  • Major Montana leader stimulating support for the Clinton/Dombeck Roadbuilding moratorium.
  • The MWF has additional individual participants on Montana Private Land/Public Wildlife Council, Smart Growth Coalition, Agriculture & Easements Consensus Council, Montana State Hunter Behavior Council, Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Councils (throughout the state), and the Whirling Disease Task Force, to name a few.

Areas of Ongoing Fish & Wildlife Conservation Work

  • Management planning for Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument
  • Management planning for Rocky Mountain Front including Travel Planning
  • Management policy of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hunting and fishing season setting
  • Public access to streams and rivers from county bridges
  • Oil and Gas Development that impacts wildlife, hunting and angling
  • MWF plays a lead role in the Montana 'Teaming with Wildlife Coalition', a national coalition of more than 5,500 groups working to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered
  • Seasonal grazing on Montana public lands
  • Timber management on Montana public lands
  • Management of Yellowstone National Park Bison
  • In-Stream flow protective measures
  • River Public/Commercial Recreation Conflicts
  • Water Quality
  • Game Farms and disease threats to free roaming Montana wildlife
  • Big-game Habitat Acquisition with an emphasis on Winter Range
  • Public Ownership of Public Lands and Wildlife
  • National Forest Recreation & Travel Management
  • Montana State Lands Travel Management Planning
  • Habitat degradation in Montana from illegal/improper off-road vehicle use
  • Public education on Conservation and wildlife issues
  • State and national "takings" legislation
  • Economics of Montana Hunting, Angling, Wildlife Recreation
  • Public access to public lands, waters and wildlife

*List of activities are abbreviated. MWF engages a gamut of environmental, wildlife, fisheries and sportsmen and sportswomen issues on a daily basis; some issues relate to local concerns, some to regional, and some to state issues.


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