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2019 Public Lands Rally at Montana’s Capital Draws Hundreds

Hundreds of Montanan’s gathered in the state capitol rotunda on January 11, 2019 to rally in support of public lands in the state and across the nation.

Check out the Helena Independent Record’s coverage of the event here.

Bills are expected to emerge from the current Montana legislative session which could weaken protections on public lands in the state. Follow Montana Audubon’s legislative issues here.

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA)

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 4647, S. 3223) is the bipartisan product of decades of conversations and hard work by dedicated sportsmen, conservationists and business leaders who have long shared an interest in securing the funding needed for state fish and wildlife agencies to reverse population declines for at risk species.

Montana Audubon is part of a nationwide coalition (the Alliance for America’s Fish & Wildlife) to support this visionary conservation bill.

RAWA would redirect $1.3 billion of existing revenue annually to state-led wildlife conservation efforts, effectively allowing the states to more fully implement their State Wildlife Action Plans: 30 million dollars annually would be conveyed to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for wildlife and other conservation uses. This legislation follows the recommendation of a diverse group of energy, business, and conservation leaders and has over 100  co-sponsors from both parties. However, Montana Representative Greg Gianforte has yet to sign on to the bill.

Speak up for Montana’s wildlife and for conservation across the nation!

Click here to let congressman Gianforte know he should support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act! (sample language included)

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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