Here in the Northern Rockies and Prairies, 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 the National Wildlife Federation's members and supporters and that benefits both wildlife and the land.
The National Wildlife Federation is working to restore wild bison to native prairie habitat across millions of acres of public land in north-central Montana. Saving bison from extinction was one of America’s earliest conservation successes, but we only saved the animal—not its ecological function. Nearly all the bison in America today exist in small captive herds in parks and refuges—or, most commonly, are privately owned as livestock. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to restoring a significant herd of truly wild bison to Montana’s million-acre Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge as part of a broader vision—shared by many partners—of creating a multi-million-acre prairie reserve encompassing the refuge and the millions of acres of adjacent public lands.
The National Wildlife Federation's Wildlife Conflict Resolution program retires public-land livestock grazing allotments in the Yellowstone Ecosystem (Wyoming/Idaho) and on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (Montana), that experience conflict with wildlife, especially grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and bighorn sheep. Ranchers receive fair payment for their allotments and have the opportunity to secure grazing in other locations. You can adopt a wildlife acre today. (Learn more about the program here.)
Bighorn sheep are among our most valued wildlife species in the West. But bighorns aren’t nearly as abundant as they once were because disease transmitted from domestic sheep have decimated wild bighorn sheep populations. By working cooperatively with livestock producers to end domestic sheep grazing in areas inhabited by bighorn populations, the National Wildlife Federation and its state affiliates in the West have goal of doubling bighorn populations and ensuring a more secure future for these magnificent animals.
While it’s clear bighorn sheep populations are on the decline, developing state-specific priorities and solutions will be critical in recovering bighorn sheep populations across the west.
Even in the spectacular natural setting of the Northern Rockies, many kids spend more time indoors looking at electronic screens than outside experiencing the natural world. The National Wildlife Federation encourages everyone to spend at least an hour outdoors every day, and provides support for schools and families to connect with nature. For example, through Eco-Schools USA, the National Wildlife Federation helps schools achieve more sustainable buildings and grounds, get students outdoors and improve environmental curricula. The Clark Fork School in Missoula, an Eco-Schools Silver Award recipient, engages young children and their families in regular outdoor play and learning activities. Learn more about the National Wildlife Federation’s diverse programs to connect kids and nature. Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/missoulahabitat
The National Wildlife Federation is working with diverse partners to build acceptance of beavers and to restore beaver habitat and beaver populations for the benefit of wildlife and people. Beaver habitat expansion restores riparian areas and improves instream flows, it expands the use of nature-based infrastructure, and it constitutes an effective climate adaptation that can be applied throughout much of the West.
Our beaver restoration work includes advocacy for improved beaver management policies, public education and outreach, and collaborative on-the-ground habitat restoration projects. Read more here about the connections between beavers, water, and healthy landscapes.
The changing climate may be the greatest long-term threat to fish and wildlife in the region. The National Wildlife Federation's Northern Rockies office works 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. Of special emphasis is the implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan and the denial of the permit for the Otter Creek Coal Mine.
For more information, click here: Missoulian Editorial: Return focus to clean energy, healthy air.
Montana residents: Did you know that, on average, kids spend more than 50 hours a week indoors in front of electronic devices? That's more hours than an average full-time job. Help us build our programs to promote better health and teach our future conservationists. By purchasing a National Wildlife Federation "No Child Left Inside" license plate, you contribute to our youth education and habitat programs. And here's our challenge: Pick a day, turn off the TV, unplug those video games, leave your phones at home ... and get outside!
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