Nonprofit awards Montana lawmakers for conservation efforts
By Jacob Fuhrer - MTN News
The Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF) is honoring lawmakers for their efforts to promote hunting and angling opportunities in Montana. (MTN News photo)
HELENA – The Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF) is honoring lawmakers for their efforts to promote hunting and angling opportunities in the Treasure State.
MWF recognized Senator Jill Cohenour, (D-East Helena) with the Conservation Hunting Award at a gathering at the Lewis and Clark Brewing Company in Helena.
MWF says the senator is being honored specifically for her work in the legislature to protect elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer and moose from chronic wasting disease – a fatal and incurable neurological disease.
Dave Chadwick, executive director at MWF, said at the end of the legislative session, the nonprofit looks to identify lawmakers from both parties who have gone above and beyond with regard to fish, wildlife and outdoor issues. Senator Cohenour and four others were selected.
“Senator Cohenour has really been a stalwart defender of the public trust, of fish and wildlife, of the ability of Montanans to access the outdoors,” Chadwick said. “Of course that’s all important to our outdoor heritage. It’s also important to our economy, so all Montanans really should be grateful to Senator Cohenour.”
The other four lawmakers already received their awards at separate events. The four are Rep. Kelly Flynn (R-Townsend), Rep. Zach Brown, (D-Bozeman), Rep. Tom Jacobson, (D-Great Falls), and Sen. Jeff Welborn, (R-Dillon).
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