Jon was named 2011 “Legislator of the Year” by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for his work on behalf of Montana’s sportsmen.
After he was named chairman of the Sportsmen’s Caucus, Jon assembled an advisory panel made up of Montanans from all walks of life. Jon uses Montana-made ideas to write effective legislation that improves access to Montana’s public land and water, and encourages hunting, fishing, and hiking opportunities across the state.
So when Montana loggers, conservationists, hunters, anglers, and motorized users came together to make a plan that could work for Montana’s forests, Jon took their ideas and ran with them. After hosting several public listening sessions and hearing from Montanans across the state, he introduced the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act — landmark legislation to create jobs and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires by requiring at least 100,000 acres of timber harvest in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Kootenai National Forests over 10 years.
As the Chairman of the Sportsmen’s Caucus in 2012, Jon introduced his Sportsmen’s Act to increase access to hunting and fishing, support land and species conservation and protect hunting and fishing rights. Despite Jon’s bill – which was supported by 56 different conservation and wildlife groups – getting blocked by Washington politics, Jon helped introduced similar legislation in 2014 to stand up for Montana’s sportsmen and women.
Jon introduced and passed into law the Cooperative Watershed Management Act to help protect Montana’s streams, rivers, and fishing areas. He also helped pass the Clean Boating Act to prevent recreational boaters from needing to purchase expensive boating permits.
Jon is also a co-sponsor of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act which permanently protects the American side of the North Fork Watershed from new oil, gas, and mining leases.
And in an effort to protect one of the most treasured landscapes in Montana, Jon is also co-sponsoring the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act which would preserve hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands along the Rocky Mountain Front.