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Support Initiative 186: Protect Montana’s Clean Water!

Ballot Initiative 186 would require new mines (NOT existing ones) to prove they would not require “perpetual treatment” once operations come to a close. Approximately 2500 miles of Montana’s rivers and streams are contaminated with heavy metals and other toxic substances from “closed” mines, with cleanup and mitigation costs mostly paid by taxpayers. If enacted, “I-186” would not allow such risky mines to become permitted in the first place, which would protect water quality, fisheries, riparian habitat and Montana’s taxpayers from the burden of cleaning up toxic mine waste for generations.

Click here to learn more about I-186, and here for a powerful guest editorial from Lewistown-area rancher Stephanie Shammel.

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Land and Water Conservation Fund Hangs in the Balance

One of America’s most important conservation programs, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is set to expire at the end of September. Established in 1965, the program annually contributes millions in funds and matching grants to states and local government for direct conservation of lands and waters as well as recreation opportunities for all Americans. #saveLWCF

To learn more about what you can do as well as other efforts to permanently reauthorize the LWCF, click here!

Click here to read a recent guest editorial by Montana Audubon Executive Director Larry Berrin about the LWCF.


The Migratory Bird Treaty Act turns 100 this year. This Act has been the cornerstone of bird conservation, essentially prohibiting the killing of migratory birds without a permit — but the Act is now facing an unprecedented attack.

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