Senator Daines Awarded for Conservation Excellence

EDGEFIELD, S.C.—Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) was awarded the National Wild Turkey Federation’s  Government Partner Award during NWTF’s 45th Annual Convention and Sport Show.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the Government Partner Award,” Daines said. “As Montana’s United States senator, I will continue fighting to protect our Montana way of life, expand public access to public lands for sportsmen and women, preserve wildlife habitat and support energy and natural resource jobs. I look forward to working with you all to continue these efforts and more.”

Daines is an avid hunter and angler; a strong advocate in the U.S. Senate for forestry, conservation, hunting, fishing and recreational shooting; and a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.

Awarded for his excellence on Capitol Hill, Daines has long been a leading advocate of the NWTF mission, especially when it comes to removing barriers that inhibit active forest management. 

In the 116th Congress, Daines introduced the bipartisan Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act of 2020 (S 4431), which will provide several new tools to expedite forest management as well as remove litigation barriers for the USDA Forest Service to implement approved projects. 

In addition, Daines was an original co-sponsor for the Great American Outdoors Act (S 3422), which was enacted into law, and he led efforts to increase the percentage of funding available through the legislation to the Forest Service for maintenance projects.

The Great American Outdoors Act provides $900 million annually to protect important lands and created a $9.5 billion fund to address deferred maintenance on our public lands.
Daines also co-sponsored the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (S 47). 

NWTF’s partnership with government agencies will greatly benefit from the laws Daines has fought to enact.

“Senator Daines is a true champion of the NWTF mission,” NWTF CEO Becky Humphries said. “He knows the importance of proper forest management, and his determination on Capitol Hill speaks volumes.” 

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.