A local nonprofit will host the first-ever Bozeman Conservation Convention this weekend to bring together outdoor organizations to collaborate on ways to protect fish and wildlife.

“Hunting, fishing and other outdoor groups all seem to work in silos, so we wanted to create a space where they could discuss conservation in a friendly environment, especially because when these groups do rarely meet it is often over one or two hot button issues,” said Jared Frasier, executive director of 2% for Conservation, which is organizing the three-day event.

The convention begins Friday at 9 a.m. and runs through Sunday at 5 p.m. with most events at the Emerson Center for Cultural Arts. Tickets are available online at www.bznconcon.com.

The event kicks off with a speech by Sitka Gear co-founder Jonathan Hart at 9 a.m. Friday. A number of panel discussions will follow, including one looking at how to protect wildlife in areas experiencing rapid growth and another on how to manage wildlife across public and private land boundaries.

On Friday evening, five films on conservation will be shown.

Saturday will begin with a speech by Randy Newberg, who created the TV shows “Fresh Tracks” and “On Your Own Adventures” and works to protect public land access for hunters.

There will be panel discussions, including one featuring wool growers and wild sheep conservation organizations about how to prevent the spread of disease from domestic to wild sheep. Admission is free on Saturday for those in the wool industry because “this is pretty unprecedented to bring these groups together in public,” Frasier said.

A handful of people involved in outdoor organizations will tell stories about conservation on Saturday night.

There will also be a few more hands-on activities — including hiking and archery — around Bozeman on Sunday.

2% for Conservation is a Manhattan-based organization that certifies businesses and individuals that give 1% of their time and 1% of their money annually to fish and wildlife conservation organizations. The nonprofit doesn’t dictate where organizations donate but hopes to use the certification to inspire more people to support conservation, Frasier said.

Several certified businesses are helping sponsor events during the convention.

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at pstein@dailychronicle.com. Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

Perrin Stein is the county, state and federal government reporter for the Chronicle.

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