Tom France

Tom France

Senior Director, Western Wildlife Conservation
Northern Rockies Regional Center - Missoula, MT

Tom received his B.A. in History/Political Science and his Juris Doctorate from The University of Montana. In 1981 Tom accepted a position with the NWF and is currently Senior Director of Western Wildlife Conservation in NWF's Missoula, MT office.

He also supervises the natural resource clinic program, run in cooperation with the University of Montana School of Law. Tom has participated on the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment on coal leasing and the Hydro Assessment Steering Committee of the Northwest Power Planning Council. He is a past member of the Montana Environmental Quality Council and past-Chairman of the Missoula Solid Waste Task Force.

Tom also served on the Missoula Mayor's Roundtable the Governor’s Yellowstone Grizzly Bear roundtable. Tom is a past Chairman of the Board for the High Country News Foundation and is currently Chairman of the Board for the Clark Fork Coalition. Tom has been involved in campaigns to restore wolves and grizzlies in the northern Rockies, reform hard rock mining in the West, and promote effective private lands conservation through the Farm Bill.

Tom was lead counsel in Montana Environmental Information Center v. Dept. of Environmental Quality, which established a fundamental right to a clean and healthful environment for Montana residents and National Wildlife Federation v. Dept. of Environmental Quality, which required the full reclamation of hard rock mines, including open pits.

He also really likes to coach youth hockey.

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