Northern Rockies & Pacific

Restoring wild bison to their native grasslands, keeping salmon runs strong, fighting dirty fuels that threaten important habitat—all this and more are a part of NWF’s Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center daily work for wildlife and communities.

Bison: At the Heart of the Montana Water Rights Protection Act

Also known as the Flathead Water Compact, this legislation will give management of the National Bison Range to the Salish and Kootenai tribes—where it belongs. A positive, forward-looking approach to … Read more

My Son, the Sock Guy for the Sockeye

It’s our default setting. We tend to look to adults to effect the change we see needed in the world. What if we were to look to kids instead? Kids … Read more

Plant with a Purpose: Help Protect Salmon Habitat with Your Garden

Salmon are marathon swimmers, transitioning from freshwater streams to the ocean, and back again. To reach their destinations they often face—and miraculously overcome!—staggering obstacles. They climb fish ladders to push … Read more

Beavers, Trout, and a Changing Climate

Driving through the lush forests of America’s Pacific Northwest, you might spot this bumper sticker: “Beaver taught salmon how to jump.” Beavers may seem magical, especially when their engineering feats … Read more

The Naturals: Snake River Sockeye Salmon

This spring, in the mountains of central Idaho, several thousand young Snake River sockeye salmon will enter Redfish Lake Creek’s tumble, and be swept seaward. A few months later, in … Read more

5 Wildlife Wins Delivered by the National Environmental Policy Act

Whether it’s protecting mule deer in Colorado, moose in Montana, elk in Wyoming, salmon in California or blue herons in Michigan, a law that was signed by President Richard Nixon … Read more

How Beavers Boost Stream Flows

Thirteen years ago, Idaho rancher Jay Wilde sat in his kitchen sipping coffee before dawn. As the caffeine kicked in, he was once again pondering why the stream running through … Read more

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Rescuing Reindeer: Caribou on the Brink

Due in part to their signature antlers and magical characterization in popular holiday tales, reindeer are ubiquitous throughout the winter season. Caribou, as reindeer are called in North America, used … Read more

Finding Common Ground, Share Solutions for Lower Snake River Salmon, Communities

Our shared interests in Washington and throughout the Columbia and Snake River Basins are greater than the issues that divide us. In fact, a new report from Governor Jay Inslee … Read more

Opening up the Tongass is a Lose-Lose Proposition

The U.S. Forest Service has announced its intention to lift Roadless Rule protections on the Tongass National Forest. Removing these safeguards will have devastating consequences on both the wildlife and … Read more