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History of Wildlife Conservation in Montana

October 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - October 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Through guest speakers and activities specializing in the history of wildlife conservation, we will highlight the following:

  • abundant wildlife populations in Montana prior to 1850s;

  • the Supreme Court ruling in 1842 that wildlife belongs to the people of the state – public trust of wildlife, fish, air, and water;

  • the “tragedy of the commons” in Montana during the late 1800s as wildlife populations dwindled;

  • President T. Roosevelt and his efforts to conserve the few remaining wildlife populations and their habitats;

  • the restoration efforts and political strength of local hunting/fishing groups to transplant wildlife to many areas in Montana;

  • the passage of the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937 and the Dingell-Johnson in 1950 to fund wildlife/fisheries restoration and conservation efforts;

  • the significant legislation, such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the Montana Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and Montana Stream Access Law;

  • today’s abundant wildlife populations in Montana; and

  • our efforts to coexist with large predator and prey populations in our multi-ownership landscape as the human population and land fragmentation increase rapidly.

Arrive at Jack Creek Preserve on Friday, October 18 by 8 pm (if possible), and stay until Sunday 3 pm
Earn 15 OPI Renewal Units
Cost: $30 (the cost is $280 for the program, lodging, & meals, but every educator can qualify for a $250 scholarship)
Rustic lodging and meals provided

How to Enroll: Visit the Jack Creek Preserve website


October 18, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
October 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
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Jack Creek Preserve Foundation


Cost details
$30 (the cost is $280 for the program, lodging, & meals, but every educator can qualify for a $250 scholarship)
Event Format
OPI Renewal Units Available


Jack Creek Preserve
1206 Jack Creek Rd.
Ennis, MT 598729 United States
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