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Final Report - Montana Outdoor Heritage Project

November 6, 2019

You will recall when this past July we discussed the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project. That project urged Montanans to take their survey to provide their thoughts on how Montana might better approach protecting its outdoor heritage, including its wildlife, public lands, access, and more. Well... the Heritage Project Survey results are in! Headwaters Montana played a role in this survey, particularly as a endorser of the Project and by assisting with the grassroots outreach.n We're happy to share the results with you here.

The "Public Engagement Results" demonstrate that Montanans share an outdoor heritage that cuts across our wide state as well as gender, racial, and political lines. The top survey results show that Montanans:
~Are motivated to conserve the state's outdoor heritage because they think the state's population is growing and changing quickly.
~Prioritize protecting fish and wildlife habitat and access to public lands;
~Think that new conservation funding would provide the best solution;
~Would support slightly higher taxes (over 83%) to protect wildlife, working lands, and outdoor recreation activities; and
~Think that new funding sources should include out-of-state visitors and outdoor users who don't purchase hunting and fishing licenses (which currently pays a substantial part of state wildlife management).

The Heritage Project resultsdemonstrate a strong appetite in Montana to advance new policies to create dedicated funding for conservation. If you took the Heritage Survey - and even if you didn't - I think you'll be fascinated by the results.

Headwaters Montana also led the Montana Wildlife Future Group effort that demonstrated the chronic funding needs of wildlife. Our wildlife report informed the Montana Outdoor Heritage Project. It is heartening to see in the Heritage report that Montanans broadly share a concern for and willingness to fund wildlife conservation in Montana.