Steve Woodruff

Steve is senior policy and communications manager for NWF’s Montana-based Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center, where works on bison restoration and a variety of public land-and-resource issues. Steve joined NWF in 2013 after a 30-year career in journalism, much of it dedicated to natural resource policy and environmental issues in the West. Steve is co-author of “Montana Wilderness: Discovering the Heritage” and a contributor to two anthologies, most recently “Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good from the Center for American Progress.” He’s an avid outdoorsman and rides his horse, Ranger, nearly 1,000 mountain-trail miles a year.
Yellowstone grizzlies have made a dramatic comeback. Now what? Photo by James Anderson, National Wildlife Photo Contest

Fight Over Yellowstone Grizzlies

A generation ago, Yellowstone grizzlies seemed on a path toward extinction, with the number of bears in and around the park estimated at fewer than 200 and declining. Today, with …

Yellowstone bison. Photo by Steve Woodruff

Yellowstone, Tribes Offer Bison a Better Future

Year after year, many of the bison forced by deep snows to migrate out of Yellowstone National Park are trapped by government employees, herded into trucks and sent to slaughterhouses. …

Bison Cow and Calf Profile by NWF's Steve Woodruff

Wild Bison on Montana’s Horizon

Why would anybody oppose restoring at least some of the West’s most iconic animals to the wild? Much of the opposition boils down to competition for grass: bison eat pretty …

Bison by Carol Ayers at the National Bison Range in Montana.

‘Sportsmen for Bison’ Rallies Hunters Around Tremendous Restoration Opportunity

  One of the biggest constituency for wildlife now has an opportunity to benefit one of the biggest game animals: bison. Over the past century, hunters have led the way in …

Bison with Calf

Scientists Speak Out in Support of Restoring Bison

Little more than a change in public perception stands in the way of one of the greatest triumphs in modern wildlife conservation. That’s what a veritable Who’s Who of leading …

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Samuel Quaintance.

Can Wild Bison Return to the Prairie Grasslands?

Most people probably know something about the awful history of the American bison. Almost every school child learns that 19th-century market hunters wiped out the vast herds that once roamed …

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