OUR TOP CAUSES
Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land & Water Conservation Fund is a successful bipartisan conservation program that does not cost taxpayers a dime.
- Protecting the nation’s 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
- Working to push Congress on permanent reauthorization and dedicated funding
- Working with the MT LWCF coalition to stay informed, and to understand where it is appropriate for us to insert ourselves and push our delegates
- Considered our biggest and most concerted effort to date, and will continue to take precedence until reauthorization and dedicated funding succeeds
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 asking our decision makers to push for an 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 we can influence Senator Daines to support, as well as our new Congressman-elect Gianforte.
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
Antiquities Act: Monument Review
- Working on monitoring the review of national monuments as per the President’s Executive Order requiring Interior Secretary Zinke to revisit the designation of any monument over 100,000 acres, including our own Missouri River Breaks
- Maintaining relationships and communication with Secretary Zinke, so that Montana’s business voice may be heard and considered with respect to monument evaluation and future public lands policy
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.
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