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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole
Nov 03 2016

Vote for Public Lands

Election Day is upon us. Let your vote reflect how much you care about our outdoor way of life.


“Because public lands are what make Montana, Montana.”

“That is my playground.”

“For my children’s children’s children.”

“Because nature should belong to everyone.”

For the last 10 weeks, MWA staff and volunteers have fanned out across the state asking our fellow Montanans to pledge to vote for public lands. On campuses, at festivals, farmers’ markets, trailheads, we have collected over 5,000 cards that each contain a pledge to vote and a simple question: why? Why do you care enough to cast a ballot to keep our public lands in public hands?

Above are just a few of the thousands of answers we received, reflecting the diversity and depth of feeling that our public lands evoke. These lands are deeply important to us as Montanans, and on November 8, it’s our job to stand up for them by casting a ballot to keep our mountains, rivers, prairies, and wildlands in public hands.

When it comes to the great outdoors, elections matter. And, in Montana, elections are often decided by razor-thin margins. It’s not uncommon to see races decided by fewer than 100 votes.

With such close races, every vote counts here in Montana, and our elected officials know it. So when conservationists vote in large numbers, it means something. It means these public lands stay public for our children and their children’s children. It means we get to keep our playground and that nature continues to belong to all of us. It means Montana stays Montana.

If you need information about your registration, polling location, or ballot, check out the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page. Remember, you can register or update your registration right up until the close of polls at 8 p.m. on Election Day at your county election office.

Whether you have pledged to vote with us, vote every election, or have never cast a ballot before, we know you care about these special places. So we encourage you to answer the question of what our public lands mean to you and why you care enough to cast a ballot on November 8.

- Kayje Booker, MWA state policy director