The Montana Wildlife Federation is Montana’s oldest, largest, and most effective wildlife conservation organization. Our roots trace back to 1936 when hunters, anglers and other conservationists joined landowners to address the loss of Montana’s natural lands, healthy waters and abundant wildlife. The decades of westward expansion prior to the 1930’s left wildlife populations decimated throughout North America, and Montana was no exception. That year the first North American Wildlife Conference was held in Washington D.C. and wildlife conservation was thrust into the limelight. The National Wildlife Federation, Montana Wildlife Federation, and many other state wildlife organizations were formed. Since then, MWF has championed scientific wildlife management and fought to conserve the great natural resources found in this state and wildlife populations have rebounded. This legacy is maintained through our dedicated staff and volunteers.
MWF is involved in critical collaborative efforts throughout Montana that work to protect public lands, enhance public access and protect critical wildlife habitat and populations. We work closely with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to develop recommendations for wildlife management and we work to ensure the voice of Montana’s wildlife conservationists, hunters and anglers are heard in the state Legislature and in Washington D.C.
Over the years, MWF has secured some of the Treasure State’s most important conservation victories, including:
- The best stream access law in the country
- A ban on wildlife farms
- Protection of Montana’s public lands and waters
But we didn’t stop there. We are now engaged on critical issues including:
- Chronic Wasting Disease
- Grizzly Bear management
- Energy Development and Sage Grouse
- Elk management
- Protection of secure wildlife habitat
- Clean water protection and enhancement
Citizens invested in wildlife management were critical to our previous accomplishments and are critical to our continued success. Our network of affiliate organizations throughout the state in addition to our strong member base helps us stay heavily engaged in key issues affecting wildlife at the local, regional, and statewide levels.
If you value wildlife management in this great state and want to add your voice to our legacy of conservation successes, then follow this link (https://montanawildlife.org/donate/) to provide a donation or become a member today.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” – Aldo Leopold