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Garrit Voggesser is NWF’s National Director for Tribal Partnerships. He works with tribes nationwide to protect wildlife and habitat. He has worked with tribes on bison conservation since 1999. The mission of NWF’s Tribal Lands Conservation Program is to partner with sovereign tribal nations to solve today’s conservation challenges for future generations.
Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant John Hottman

Big Impacts On Big Game

11/17/2015 // By Garrit Voggesser

Voices from the Field: Sportsmen Speak Out Energy development in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming has big impacts on big game. A new report, Losing Ground: Energy Development’s Impacts on Wildlife, Landscapes, and Hunting Traditions of the …


Wildlife Bears the Brunt of Big Coal’s Failure to Reclaim Mined Lands

6/9/2015 // By Garrit Voggesser

The era of Big Coal is fading. But coal proponents are still trying to hang on by pushing for new mines and markets overseas, all the while putting off cleaning up their messes in some of our most stunning landscapes and important wildlife …

mule deer

A Beautiful and Remote Home for Wildlife

5/28/2015 // By Garrit Voggesser

Mule deer, white-tail deer, pronghorn antelope, elk and hundreds of bird species including eagles make their home in the Tongue River and Otter Creek valleys in Montana. This wildlife-rich region is also adjacent to a black-footed ferret reintroduction site on the Northern …

Herding bison bound for release at Fort Peck, MT

Crane Trust Welcomes Bison Home

1/22/2015 // By Garrit Voggesser

On a non-descript Saturday, January 17th 2015, just before sunset, trucks hauling trailers pulled into a field near Alda, Nebraska. A place of solitude, with Nebraska’s last remaining tall and mixed-grass prairie along the North Platte River, the quiet of …

Photo by Robin Poole.

Wild Bison Find Their Way Home to Tribal Lands

11/13/2014 // By Garrit Voggesser

In the summer of 1999, I spent several weeks, while interning with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), in Yellowstone National Park manning a booth to speak with visitors about the importance of protecting bison. The visitors came from all walks …

Bison on Cheyenne River Stephen C. Torbit

Tribes Cross the Border to Unite for Bison Protection

9/24/2014 // By Garrit Voggesser

U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations Sign First Treaty in Over 150 Years to Restore Bison and Renew Cultural and Spiritual Connections to Buffalo Yesterday afternoon,  I witnessed leaders from U.S. Tribes and Canadian First Nations sign a treaty—the first …

Bison and calf by Dick Forehand

Public Responds, Bison Aren’t A “Creeping Cancer”

5/17/2013 // By Garrit Voggesser

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like the effort to return wild bison to tribal lands would be stopped just as it was gaining ground. It looked like the dreams that culminated in the release of more than 60 …

Bison grazing on the Fort Peck Reservation. Ted Wood/The Story Group

Kill the Bad Bills, Not the Buffalo: UPDATED

4/17/2013 // By Garrit Voggesser

Last March marked a historic step forward in restoring wild bison to the American prairies when more than 60 bison from Yellowstone National Park were released on the Fort Peck Reservation in eastern Montana. Tribal members from Fort Peck and Fort …

Bison Grazing Under Prairie Sky

Native American Heritage Month: Celebrating Tribal Victories in Conservation

11/16/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich and diverse ancestry, traditions and cultures of Native Americans and to recognize the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants of the United States and the …


Bison Get More Room to Roam on Fort Peck

7/26/2012 // By Garrit Voggesser

This March, the National Wildlife Federation, our tribal partners and other wildlife advocates achieved a tremendous conservation victory when 61 wild Yellowstone bison that had spent years in quarantine right outside Yellowstone National Park were relocated to the Fort Peck …

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