A NEW MODEL OF FUNDING FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
MONTANANS MUST RISE TO THE CHALLENGE
Montana’s resounding success in recovering depleted wildlife populations over the last century has been paid for almost entirely by hunters and anglers, with a focus on species that are hunted and fished. Nevertheless, hundreds more species have been in decline for decades. The growing threats to wildlife demand that we evolve our conservation funding system to cover all fish and wildlife. Concurrently, the system needs to be funded by all Montanans rather than just hunters and anglers.
PHOTO BY MFWP
ALL MONTANANS BENEFIT FROM OUR FISH AND WILDLIFE, AND THE TIME HAS COME FOR ALL MONTANANS TO STEP UP AND HELP PAY TO SUSTAIN THAT HERITAGE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Facing so many new challenges, it is time to secure new sources of revenue to ensure the future of Montana’s fish and wildlife. While fees paid by hunters and anglers will always be the core of funding for fish and wildlife management, supplemental funding should come from a broader cross-section of the public, reflecting the widespread benefits that wildlife conservation has for all Montanans.