MWF 2016 Fall Newsletter


Montana land ownership patterns have changed dramatically over the last decade, leaving many outdoorsmen longing wistfully for the good old days. Perhaps we’d be better off celebrating how good we have it. An old friend, now long gone, once told me about growing up on the family homestead in Fergus County during the Great Depression. One morning he woke up to shouting from his father, who was busily rousing all the kids. The cause of the early morning excitement? A deer was standing in the pasture behind the house! None of the children had ever seen one before.

That scenario would be hard to imagine today, but the early 1900s were dark days for American wildlife. Its rebound to current levels represents a remarkable success story that did not transpire by accident. American wildlife recovery required decades of effort and investment from public and private sectors alike. Montana was at the forefront of this movement.

Read the full story by E. Donnell Thomas Jr., these important topics, and more in the
MWF Fall 2016 Newsletter

  • Elk Security
  • Yellowstone Fish Kill
  • Carcass Removal Programs
  • I-177
  • Habitat Montana
  • Farm Bill
  • 2016 Fall Brewery Tour
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Alec Underwood

Federal Conservation Campaigns Director

Alec is responsible for developing and implementing MWF’s federal conservation advocacy and policy campaigns to protect Montana’s fish and wildlife. He spends most of his free time hunting big game and fly fishing Montana’s cherished trout rivers. He also enjoys backpacking, skiing, photography, and woodworking.