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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 …

Bison Cow and Calf Profile by NWF's Steve Woodruff

Wild Bison on Montana’s Horizon

9/3/2015 // By Steve Woodruff

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 much what cattle eat. But the time when wild bison …

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Montana Teens Help Save Sage Grouse

8/31/2015 // By Hayley Newman

Greater sage grouse populations across the West have been in decline for decades, and this September the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide whether to formally list the bird as a threatened or endangered species. In an …

The Seattle team “attempting” to form a totem pole on our trip to Tillicum Village, Blake Island, WA Credit: Kaitlin Parker 2015.

My Time as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with NWF

8/18/2015 // By Kaitlin Parker

Many recent graduates, looking for a position in order to use their newly acquired degrees, search the AmeriCorps job postings in search of a golden opportunity. I was completely unaware of AmeriCorps and the amazing work that they do, but …

Tongue River Valley in southeastern Montana

UPDATE: Tongue River Railroad Proposal—Still a Bad Idea

6/9/2015 // By Dave Dittloff

The Surface Transportation Board’s Office of Environmental Analysis (OEA) released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed Tongue River Railroad. They claim the “proposed rail line may affect, but is not likely to adversely affect” wildlife in the area. …

Greater sage grouse. Photo from USDA

Big Hurdles for Greater Sage Grouse

6/5/2015 // By Hayley Newman

The image of a barbed wire fence stretching across a field of prairie grasses and sage brush has been the inspiration for paintings, poems, and the general allure of the “wild wild west” for decades. However, the vast fencing infrastructure …

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

‘Sportsmen for Bison’ Rallies Hunters Around Tremendous Restoration Opportunity

6/3/2015 // By Steve Woodruff

  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 restoring and conserving wildlife such as elk, deer, bighorn sheep, …

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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 …

Weekly News Roundup: Celebrating Earth Day and more

4/24/2015 // By Linda Argueta

How did you celebrate Earth Day this past Wednesday? The National Wildlife Federation is celebrating Earth Day by working closely with our affiliates, schools, cities and other partners across the country to plant native trees that will provide much needed …


An Open Letter to the Last Wild Bison of America

11/11/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Dear wild bison, It’s time you made a comeback. But first, I want to apologize. Even though you are magnificently large and swift – the largest terrestrial animal in North America – our forefathers hunted you to the brink of …