Montana Audubon

Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.

Montana Audubon Takes Flight at 2017 Leg. Session

During every session since 1981, Montana Audubon has lobbied our state’s Legislature as a conservation voice for birds, wildlife, habitat, climate solutions, and environmental protections. We make sure there’s funding for our agencies to do their job and we defend our bedrock environmental laws. Every day through April we’re at the Capitol, meeting with legislators and fighting for clean air and water.

With two weeks under our belts in 2017, we’ve already testified on numerous pieces of legislation, spoken with many Senators and Representatives, and developed strategies for our priorities. We are excited to have Dan Roper as Montana Audubon’s legislative assistant this year. Dan comes to us with experience staffing natural resource committees for the Oregon Legislature’s and has a master’s degree in public policy.

In the coming months, we will be busy working on issues that safeguard Montana’s wildlife and landscapes, from protecting spotted skunks to securing funding for Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation, to promoting local clean energy opportunities and investment.

As we move through the session we will also be focusing on a few other priorities:

  • Prevent the Privatization of Our Public Lands – join us for a rally (See below!)
  • Habitat Montana – This is our state’s main habitat program and we want to remove restrictions on how Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is able to spend the funds
  • Clean Water – exempt wells, subdivision regulation and the state assumption of 404 Dredge and Fill permitting are all on the table
  • Keeping our bedrock environmental laws intact

To see all of the bills we are working on this session, visit the Conservation Policy page on our website and click on “Montana Legislature”. There you will find all of the insider information including our “Bill Table” that we strive to update weekly.

You can help – Lend your voice or come to the Capitol  

Contact your Legislators and Join Us in Helena.

We’ll be emailing “Action Alerts” the next few months asking you to contact your Representative or Senator on key bills. It’s amazing the difference a handful of constituent calls can make. So when you see an Action Alert in your email inbox be sure to open it!

And, mark your calendars. Come see and take action at the Capitol. We welcome you in Helena anytime, but these days are designed especially for you:

January 26. Lobby Day and Montana Conservation Voters Legislative Social (Evening at the Montana Club)

January 30. Public lands Rally – come show your support for public lands – we packed the Capitol last time and we want nothing less this year!

February 23. Solar Rally and Lobby Day

March 17. Lobby Day

Expect more information on these events coming as they get closer and be sure to check out our Facebook page for regular updates.

Keep an eye out for those action alerts and have your friends join us too. It’s easy to sign up – just visit our homepage and scroll to the bottom and share your email address!

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