Garrit Voggesser

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.

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

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 …

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A Beautiful and Remote Home for Wildlife

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 …

Herding bison bound for release at Fort Peck, MT

Crane Trust Welcomes Bison Home

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 …

Wild Bison Find Their Way Home to Tribal Lands

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 …

Tribes Cross the Border to Unite for Bison Protection

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 …

Bison and calf by Dick Forehand

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

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 …

Kill the Bad Bills, Not the Buffalo: UPDATED

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 …

Native American Heritage Month: Celebrating Tribal Victories in Conservation

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 …

Bison Get More Room to Roam on Fort Peck

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 …

Bison released at Fort Peck, MT

Amazing Photos and Video of the Return of Wild Bison to Tribal Lands

More than a century after they disappeared, wild bison once again roam Montana’s Northern Great Plains. On March 19, 2012, more than 60 bison were loaded onto trucks near Yellowstone …

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