Land Tawney


Land Tawney is the President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a national conservation group based in Montana.[1]


Tawney was raised in Montana, where he hunted and fished from an early age.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in 2000.[1] Prior to working at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Tawney worked for other conservation organizations including the National Wildlife Federation and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.[1] He resides in Missoula, Montana.[3]

Tawney testified before the US House of Representatives in 2020 in support of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.Tawney has supported additional conservation efforts on public lands. [4][5]

Work at Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

As President/CEO of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Tawney has expanded the organization to include chapters in 48 states across United States and chapters in Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon Territory in Canada.[6] Tawney leads rallies to keep federal lands open to the public.[7][8]

Political Activism

In 2008, Tawney was a leader of the Sportsmen for Obama Committee.[9]

Tawney served on Democratic Senator Jon Tester's sportsmen advisory panel.[10] Tawney was also the President of the Montana Hunters and Anglers Action political action committee.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c "Who We Are". Backcountry Hunters& Anglers. Archived from the original on 11 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ Leaders of Conservation: BHA Executive Director Land Tawney. Outdoor Hub, 18 June 2014
  3. ^ "Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Hires new Executive Director". Angling Trade. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Land Tawney Testifies In Support of The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness". Backcountry Hunters & Anglers. February 5, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "Legislative Hearing on H.R. 5598 (Rep. Betty McCollum), "Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act"". US House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. February 5, 2020. Retrieved June 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Landers, Rich (March 3, 2015). "Backcountry Hunters & Anglers rendezvous in Spokane". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Our Public Lands: Not For Sale". Angling Trade. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  8. ^ Xu, Daniel. "Leaders of Conservation: BHA Executive Director Land Tawney". Outdoor Hub. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  9. ^ Tawney, Land (24 August 2008). "Guest Opinion: Obama stands with hunters on gun rights, public land access". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  10. ^ Sullivan, Peter. "NRA endorsement up for grabs in Montana's Senate race". The Hill. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  11. ^ Barker, Kim. "In Montana, Dark Money Helped Democrats Hold a Key Senate Seat". ProPublica. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Montana Hunters & Anglers Leadership Fund". Open Secrets. Retrieved 11 March 2015.