News from April 2017

    Sandy Sallee receives Academy of Western Artists Award

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    The Academy of Western Artists is proud to announce this year’s Buck Ramsey Cowgirl Poet of the Year. Sandy Seaton Sallee, Emigrant, MT, grew up in Yellowstone National Park, where she rode horseback among the elk and drove four-up stagecoaches. After cowboying in New Mexico, she returned to her native Montana where she met her future husband, Scott Sallee, in a wilderness hunting camp. Sandy and Scott now own and operate Black Mountain Outfitters, a wilderness and ranch outfitting business. Sandy’s original western writing has been featured in magazines, gatherings, and shows across America and Canada. Sandy has been inducted into the Montana Poet Hall of Fame, and has been an invited performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering a number of times since her first appearance there in 1990. Presentations for the 21st Annual Will Rogers Awards were March 16, 2017 in the Brown Lupton Ballroom at Texas Christian University in Fort... Read More

  • Message from Martha Williams, Director, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

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    As FWP’s new director – the 24th over the department’s 116-year history – I want to thank outgoing director Jeff Hagener for his commitment to Montana’s fish, wildlife, parks, and recreational resources and for handing the baton to me to build from his legacy. I also want to let Montanans know a bit about me and where I envision FWP going during the next four years. I worked as an attorney for this department from 1998 to 2011, helping FWP fight for wolf delisting, protect stream access, and conserve habitat. During my 13 years here, I also learned the importance of securing access to public lands, how private property provides essential wildlife habitat, and how climate change threatens our valuable trout fisheries. After leaving FWP, I went to the Department of the Interior to work on parks, conservation, river, and wildlife issues. I then returned to Montana to teach natural resources and wildlife law at the University... Read More

  • Federal Issues: Updates for MOGA Members

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    Forest Service Outlines Plans for Identifying Priority Trail Maintenance Areas by May 28th  By David Brown, America Outdoors Association Below are some excerpts (in italics) from the Forest Service on selection of priority trail maintenance areas as required in the National Forest Trails Stewardship Act of 2017. It is great to see the Forest Service embracing this legislation. Excerpt for the Forest Service’s Plan for Implementation of the Priority Trail Maintenance Program:  Each region will be required to submit at least 3 to 4 proposed priority areas to the Washington Office by April 15, 2017. The format for submitting regionally ranked and prioritized areas will be forthcoming.  Make Your Views Known: The following survey is not a Forest Service (or AOA) endorsed instrument but the Forest Service is apparently planning to use the results so feel free to use it to register your opinions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TrailsActSurvey According... Read More

  • Legislative Update – April 2010

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    MOGA Members, The MOGA Legislative Committee has continued to work on behalf of you and the industry this session to proffer, support and at times oppose legislation that affect the Montana Outfitting Industry and is good for ALL Montanans. We are now into the 52nd day of the 65th Legislative Session. We are now into the third of the Session and the Legislature is moving fast.   Our Lobbyist Jean Johnson has been doing a remarkable job as have all members of the MOGA 2017 Legislative Committee (Pat Tabor, chair, Wagner Harmon, Vice Chair, Chuck Rein, Rob Arnaud, Paul Ellis, Brett Todd, and Dusty Crary). Many of you have answered the CALLS TO ACTION and we hope you will continue to do so; as it has made a huge difference. Legislative Luncheon was a BIG Success MOGA hosted its legislative Luncheon on March 28 in the Rotunda of the Capital Building. In all we fed 460 people including Legislators, Staffers, Lobbyists and others. A BIG thank... Read More

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