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FWP takes three firsts in national conservation communications competition

Inside FWP

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Association for Conservation Information awarded Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks top honors in three communications categories at the organization’s annual awards ceremony held on August 2 in Springfield, Missouri.

For the second consecutive year, FWP won first place in the Magazine category for Montana Outdoors, topping Texas Parks & Wildlife and Outdoor Indiana. This is the sixth time in the past 13 years that Montana has been awarded the top prize in the association’s magazine competition.

FWP also took first place in the Wildlife Article category for “Green Grazing,” about using cattle to improve habitat on wildlife management areas, and first place in the General Interest Article category for “What About the Others?” which examined the challenge of funding nongame wildlife management.

Montana also won second place in the Fisheries Article category for “From Banning TNT to Scanning DNA,” a review of fisheries management over the past century, and second in the Internal Communications category for a webinar on the department’s new branding initiative.

“Our strong showing at ACI each year is a tribute to the excellence of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the high standards we maintain in communications and resource management across the state,” says Peggy O’Neill, chief of the FWP Information Bureau, who was at the ceremony to accept the awards.

Formed in 1938, the ACI is a nonprofit organization of communicators working for state, federal, and private conservation agencies and organizations.