Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land & Water Conservation Fund is a successful bipartisan conservation program that does not cost taxpayers a dime
This bipartisan program is widely considered the backbone of America's public lands policy, Our nation's most successful conservation program is at risk, and without action it is set to expire on September 30, 2018.
This bipartisan program is widely considered the backbone of America's public lands policy, and in Montana alone, LWCF has resulted in $580 million in investments from the Rocky Mountain Front to Glacier and Yellowstone, hundreds of fishing access sites, and community parks and trails.
Join us and let our leaders in Congress know that Montana jobs and our economy depends on saving this critical program.
- The most successful and widely beneficial land and water conservation program, that has provided funding for fishing access sites, trails, community parks, recreation hubs, and access through public land easements for the past 50 years
- Needs work and commitment from Congress to achieve permanent reauthorization and dedicated funding
- Considered our biggest and most concerted effort to date, and will continue to take precedence until reauthorization and dedicated funding succeeds
& threat to Antiquities Act
On December 4, 2017, President Trump accepted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendations to shrink national monuments, and announced the largest rollback of protected public lands in American history.
Secretary Zinke’s plan to unravel the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt is an unmistakable threat to small businesses in the West. The lack of transparency and uncertainty created by undoing important public lands designations is detrimental to our outdoor economy.
We all have a stake in standing up for our public lands. Montana jobs and our economy depend on it.
In response to this announcement, Business for Montana's Outdoors members prepared direct and poignant messages for Secretary Zinke, in videos which can be seen here.
In addition, our work will continue in these ways:
- Maintaining relationships and communication with Secretary Zinke, and our members of Congress so that Montana’s business voice may be heard and considered with respect to monument evaluation and future public lands policy
- Holding Interior Secretary accountable to his promises of upholding Teddy Roosevelt's legacy. Using businesses to leverage the Montana voice and message that degradation of one monument means the threat of future degradation to them all
Many businesses, one voice
Lend your voice to make a difference in protecting our outdoor assets
In January 2017, Business for Montana’s Outdoors collaborated with individuals and organizations across to support the largest ever public lands rally at the state Capitol. Thousands attended the rally reminding lawmakers of the important economic and cultural value of Montana’s public lands.
Collaborative public lands work
working with our partners on protecting Montana's public lands
- Collaborating with partner groups, conservation, wildlife and recreation groups who prioritize good policy for public lands protection in the MT legislature
- Emphasizing the value of public lands, the need to keep them public, and prioritizing programs like LWCF and Habitat Montana that keep our access to revenue open.
- Support strong messaging for the role that the outdoor recreation industry plays in strengthening Montana’s economy
Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition
STANDING UP FOR MONTANA BUSINESSES AT THE GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
- Working with a group of over 300 businesses in Park County and the Paradise Valley to fight the exploratory gold mine proposals on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park
- Collaboratively working with our decision makers to push for permanent administrative withdrawal on mineral leases on proposed mine sites
- Supporting Senator Tester’s Yellowstone Protection Act which was introduced in the spring of 2017. Hopeful that Senator Daines and Congressman Gianforte will work on supporting Sen. Tester's bill, giving a clean piece of legislation to protect 30,000 acres of land on Yellowstone's border in the Paradise Valley
ADVOCATING FOR COMMON-SENSE POLICIES
Our entrepreneurs know that access to public lands is a business asset worth preserving for tomorrow’s economic opportunities. Our members have lent their voices and expertise in assessing and supporting the following policies:
- Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act
- Forest Jobs and Recreation Act
- Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project
- Northfork Watershed Protection Act