Our Missoula Office
Here in Montana we have a long history of successfully protecting western landscapes and wildlife by advocating for wildlife habitat as an important use of western public lands. Whenever issues impact the wildlife and the landscapes of the West, we will work with our affiliates and partners to find a sound, common-sense solution that represents the voices and views of NWF's members and supporters and that benefits both wildlife and the land.
NWF’s vision is to create a one- to three-million-acre reserve where a wild bison population can be restored. The unique history and vastness of Montana’s Northern Great Plains, which includes the one-million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, makes this the most compelling place for bison restoration in the United States. Learn More>>
NWF's Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program retires livestock grazing allotments in the Yellowstone Ecosystem (Wyoming), on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (Montana), that experience conflict with wildlife, especially grizzly bears, wolves and bison. Ranchers receive fair payment for their allotments and secure grazing in other locations. You can adopt a wildlife acre today.
The Montana Children and Nature Initiative (MCNI) is an exciting new, state-wide network of high-level leaders dedicated to connecting kids with nature in Montana. MCNI seeks to encourage families and communities to spend time outdoors, ensure that schools have quality and integrated nature education with outdoor components, and provide opportunities for youth to make lasting relationships with nature. Learn More>>
This important wildlife habitat of the interior West supports an abundance of plant and wildlife species, like sage-grouse, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, jack rabbits and golden eagles. But this habitat is threatened by not only climate change, but also invasive species, urbanization, inappropriate energy development, and wild fire. Learn More >>
Providing Clean Energy and Fighting Dirty Fuels
The NWF is moving forward with a comprehensive effort to build a responsible renewable resource siting policy for Montana. We must promote the build-out of wind and renewable resources, while also protecting the landscapes and the fish and wildlife resources that make Montana unique.
Building Partnerships for Better Forest Land Management
The Montana office is taking a lead role promoting two Congressional bills that would conserve big game habitat security in key Montana habitats. The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act is a ‘made-in-Montana’ forest stewardship bill designed to maintain big game habitat security, restore forests, safeguard communities from wildfire, designate areas for motorized recreation, and protect pristine backcountry. The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act would conserve big game habitat by creating new additions to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, designating a new, home-grown Conservation Management Area that would limit road building, but protect current motorized recreational opportunities and public access for hunting, biking, timber thinning and grazing.
Crown of the Continent
This landscape is one of the premier mountain ecoregions of the world as it still sustains populations of grizzly bears, gray wolves, lynx and bull trout. NWF works to protect the Crown’s ecological environment, including its important linkage zones to other habitats. Community engagement in protection and restoration strategies is key to NWF’s vision of stewardship.
Addressing the Changing Climate and Promoting Clean Air
The changing climate may be the greatest long-term threat to fish and wildlife in the region. The office is conducting key activities intended to curb carbon pollution, promote responsibly sited and developed renewable energy, and encourage habitat and wildlife management principles that will allow fish and wildlife to continue to thrive as the climate changes. Our office also works to limit other forms of air pollution that impacts our fish and wildlife resource and public health.
Our office works with national hunting and fishing organizations on a host of issues with an emphasis on Coastal Louisiana restoration, wildlife funding, access for hunters and anglers, federal land management, and leadership development. Most recently we have begun work with the Wildlife Hunting Heritage Conservation Council sponsored by the Secretary of Interior and Secretary of Agriculture. Learn more >>