Please join us on March 17th for our third Citizen Lobby Day of the 2017 legislative session. You’ll receive an exclusive training from policy experts in the conservation community on lobbying and a briefing on priority issues. We’ll focus on critical legislation affecting clean energy, clean air, climate change, and land use.

At our lobby day members and supporters will join friends and members from other conservation groups for a training starting in the morning in Helena. Then we will head up to the Capitol to talk with legislators and give testimony in hearings in the afternoon.


When: March 17th from 10am-5pm

Where: Training location: Disability Rights Montana (1022 Chestnut St, Helena, MT 59601)

Organizations: Montana Conservation Voters, Montana Environmental Information Center, Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Audubon, MontPIRG, Montana Trout Unlimited, Clark Fork Coalition, Montana Smart Growth Coalition.

Policy Small Groups:

  • Clean Energy & Net-Metering
  • Land Use and Water Policy
  • Wildlife and Public Lands

Individual Goals of Training:

  • Learn basic lobbying skills, practice “the Ask”
  • Know who your legislators are and how to find them today
  • Choose one or two specific bills on which to lobby
  • Learn about hot conservation issues and the specific legislation affecting clean water, family farmers and ranchers, clean energy, and wildlife
  • Meet with your Representative and Senator
  • Report the results of your conversation to your Conservation Staff Contact

Schedule: Please note- rides are on your own to and from the Capitol unless otherwise indicated.

  • 10:00- Training: Disability Rights Montana (1022 Chestnut St, Helena, MT 59601)
  • 11:45- Break for Lunch, Head to the Capitol to meet with legislators
  • 12:30- Meet with Legislators before Floor session.
  • 1:00- House and Senate Floor Sessions, 4th floor gallery, Capitol
  • 3:00- Leave the Capitol for Sen. Jon Tester’s Public Lands Town Hall: Helena Middle School, 1025 N Rodney Street (Auditorium)
  • 3:30- Sen. Tester’s Town Hall begins

Training Agenda:

10:00 Introductions, Welcome, Shelbi Dantic, MCV

10:30 Lobbying Basics- Shelbi Dantic, MCV

10:45 Policy training, small group sessions – please choose 1

  • Clean Energy & Net-Metering: Neal Ullman MT Conservation Voters; Brian Fadie, MEIC
  • Land Use and Water Policy: Collin Cooney, MT Trout Unlimited; Anne Hedges, MEIC
  • Wildlife and Public Lands: Amy Seaman MT Audubon; Nick Gevock, MT Wildlife Federation; Shelbi Dantic, MT Conservation Voters

11:30         Conclusions, Questions?

11:45         Leave for Capitol

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