From congressional offices in Washington DC, to the trails of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, volunteering on behalf of conservation is a priority. Tom serves as the Vice-chair of the Montana Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (MTBHA) and represents MTBHA on the Montanans for Healthy Rivers Coalition (MHR).
Advocacy includes past work with the Montana Delegation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land & Water Conservation Fund - eventually being passed within the "Great American Outdoors Act" - cosponsored by Senator Daines and fully supported by the Montana Delegation. Current efforts include working with MHR to see the successful passage of the "Montana Headwaters Legacy Act," introduced by Senator Tester - A bill that will protect 336 miles of Montana's most cherished rivers.
While living in the Flathead Valley, Tom served as a board member and youth shooting instructor for the local Pheasants Forever Chapter, and representing MTBHA, worked with the Trust for Public Lands to secure conservation easements and public access. Tom is committed to sharing his passion for conservation and wild places. As an ardent big game and bird hunter, he frequently "cannot be found" in the forests, prairies and rimrock country of our nation’s public lands.
Photo by Adam Pecht
"All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively the land."
- Aldo Leopold
Starting in 2010, Montana residents, business owners, sportsmen and sportswomen, and conservationists joined forces under the banner of Montanans for Healthy Rivers to identify and conserve the last, best free-flowing rivers in Montana. Over a decade of public outreach during which we conducted hundreds of meetings, over 3,000 Montanans and more than 1,000 Montana businesses have voiced support for significant new Wild and Scenic River designations.