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
Supporting strong messaging for the role that the outdoor recreation industry plays in strengthening Montana’s economy
MOntana Outdoor Heritage Project
Working with a collaboration of Montana citizens, small businesses, conservation and recreation groups, and local communities interested in conserving, maintaining, and investing n our water, wildlife, working lands, and shared outdoor way of life
Providing businesses an opportunity to have a conversation about what our outdoor way of life means to each of us, and come up with Montana-made solutions to pass this heritage on to future generations
See the Gap Analysis Report identifying unmet funding needs in Montana
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 lend their voices and expertise in assessing and supporting the following policies:
Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act
Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act
Forest Jobs and Recreation Act
Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act
Northfork Watershed Protection Act
Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land & Water Conservation Fund is heralded as one of the most successful bipartisan conservation programs - that does not cost taxpayers a dime
The LWCF is widely considered the backbone of America's public lands policy, delivering nearly $6 billion in benefits to our outdoors, recreation and conservation projects in Montana alone since its inception. Our nation's most successful conservation program was permanently reauthorized through extensive collaborative work in early 2019.
This bipartisan program has provided investments for the Rocky Mountain Front to Glacier and Yellowstone, hundreds of fishing access sites, community parks and trails access and improvements across Montana.
Our next phase of work to protect this program is full, dedicated funding. Without funding, LWCF does not work. It cannot fund the outdoor recreation needs and opportunities that drive our economy and support jobs and Montana communities.
Join us and let our leaders in Congress know that Montana jobs and our economy depends on saving this critical program; that reauthorization is not enough - full, dedicated funding is critical, and necessary. View Montana business leaders speaking up on behalf of LWCF here.
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 commitment from Congress to achieve full and dedicated funding
Considered our biggest and most concerted effort to date, and will continue to take precedence until dedicated funding succeeds
Yellowstone Gateway business coalition
STANDING UP FOR MONTANA BUSINESSES AT THE GATEWAY TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Over 300 businesses in Park County and the Paradise Valley who successfully collaborated to fight the exploratory gold mine proposals on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park
Achieved permanent administrative withdrawal on mineral leases on proposed mine sites through the passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act
Collectively represented business, agriculture, public and private land interests in achieving a victory for 30,000 acres of public land on the border of Yellowstone National Park
Video series: Montana business leaders stand up for the important economic value of our national monuments.
& 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 was an unmistakable threat to small businesses in the West, setting a dangerous precedent for future rollbacks on public lands and monuments across the nation. Undoing important public lands designations is detrimental to our outdoor economy and the businesses that support it.
In response to these actions, 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 leaders in the Department of Interior, and our members of Congress so that Montana’s business voice may be heard and considered with respect to future evaluation of public lands and relevant policy
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
Business for Montana’s Outdoors has collaborated with individuals and organizations across Montana to support our public lands in a variety of ways since our inception in 2012. Efforts include one of the most well attended public lands rallies at the state Capitol, where thousands of Montanans gathered to remind lawmakers of the important economic and cultural value of Montana’s public lands.
Public facing opportunities give us the ability to show how a strong and diverse economy is driven by the outdoors and the businesses that rely on our outdoors and our outdoor amenity lifestyle.