September 30, 2019 Shadow of the Rockies

Mission Accomplished!

The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project has officially concluded a summer-long public outreach
campaign which sought to answer whether Montana should enhance funding for private and
public lands conservation, wildlife management, and outdoor access and recreation.
The results of the ambitious public outreach effort, which engaged over 11,000 Montanans this
past summer, will be shared next month.
A final tally of participation shows 11,166 Montanans completed the Montana Outdoor
Heritage Survey which was distributed through social media and email. Project volunteers and
staff from partner organizations also reached thousands of residents with the survey by
knocking on doors and tabling at farmers markets, summer festivals, and events.
An additional three hundred Montana residents participated in fifty community conversations
held across the state in homes, coffee-shops, barns, breweries, and senior center . These
conversations were hosted by Project volunteers and sought to brainstorm creative solutions to
address Montana’s growing funding need for wildlife, working lands, and recreation
opportunities.
Data from surveys and community conversations will now be analyzed and results are expected
to be shared publicly in October.
The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project is a collaboration among Montana citizens and over
forty small businesses, conservation, and recreation groups. The project has brought together
people of diverse perspectives who care about issues from protecting public access to resolving
human-wildlife conflicts.