Conservation  |  04/02/2015

Action Alert: Montana Habitat Funding Stripped

Attention Pheasants Forever Supporters,
We need your help keeping Montana’s wildlife, hunting and fishing heritage intact. HB 403 was passed by the Montana House of Representatives on Tuesday and removed the authority for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to spend $12.4 million on wildlife habitat programs across Montana.
The funding for these programs comes from YOUR hunting and fishing license sales. These programs provide access and habitat improvements on land that is open to the public. It is critical that you contact your elected officials and let them know you want full authorization for FWP to implement these successful programs. To see a detailed list of programs, please see the table at the end of this alert.
ACTION NEEDED: Please contact the members of the Senate Finance and Claims Committee and encourage them to oppose this bill. You can contact your representative by calling the Capitol switchboard at 406-444-4800 or through the link below.


  • Jones, Llew (R) – Ch
  • Keenan, Bob (R) – VCh
  • Keane, Jim (D) – MVCh
  • Blasdel, Mark (R)
  • Brenden, John (R)
  • Caferro, Mary (D)
  • Hamlett, Bradley Maxon (D)
  • Hansen, Kristin (R) 
  • Howard, David (R) 
  • Moore, Eric (R) 
  • Phillips, Mike (D)
  • Ripley, Rick (R) 
  • Rosendale, Matt (R)
  • Sesso, Jon (D)
  • Smith, Cary (R) 
  • Taylor, Janna (R) 
  • Webb, Roger (R) 
  • Windy Boy, Jonathan (D) 
  • Wolken, Cynthia (D)

FWP Program Biennial Request
Habitat Montana $10,668,000 (lands program for purchasing Conservation Easements and Wildlife Management Area lands)
Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program $849,000 (habitat enhancement for upland game birds, including Open Fields funding, using upland game bird license dollars)
Migratory Bird Program $845,000 (wetland conservation funding, derived from migratory bird license funds)
Big Horn Sheep Auction $460,000 (habitat enhancement/land acquisition for bighorn sheep)
Fishing Access Site Acquistion $345,000
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Jared Wiklund
(651) 209-4953