National Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountains Center

The National Wildlife Federation's mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. NWF works with more than four million members, partners, and supporters to actively educate, inspire, and promote achievable solutions for everyday Americans in communities from coast-to-coast. NWF's Northern Rockies and Prairies Regional Office unites people throughout the region to protect and enhance the region's fish and wildlife populations and the habitat upon which they depend.

National Wildlife Federation has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2001.

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National Wildlife Federation Photo gallery

A male sage grouse displays for a hen in the High Divide. Photo courtesy of Steve Sherman.

Beaverhead Deerlodge Partnership - East Pioneers proposed Wilderness Area. Photo courtesy of Dan Kramer.

Volunteer spike camp. Photo courtesy of Jay Gore.

National Wildlife Federation Grant history

2016

$30,000 - To protect and restore wildlife connectivity in the High Divide. Place-based conservation

2015

$30,000 - To protect and restore wildlife connectivity in the High Divide. Place-based conservation

2013

$60,000 - To advance key wildlife conservation objectives and build a broader, stronger conservation constituency in the High Divide. Place-based conservation

2010

$90,000 - A two-year grant to preserve the natural landscapes, wildlife, and ranchlands of the High Divide. Place-based conservation

2010

$3,000 - To convene a conference to move a permanent mineral withdrawal process forward for state and federal lands in the Centennial Valley and to develop a process for protecting state trust lands which cannot be withdrawn. Opportunity fund

2009

$3,000 - To convene a meeting to examine habitat fragmentation and to explore new systems for protecting habitat connectivity. Opportunity fund

2008

$80,000 - A two-year grant to build diverse conservation partnerships in southwest Montana and across the High Divide between the Greater Yellowstone and Salmon-Selway ecosystems. Place-based conservation

2006

$25,000 - To build support for maintaining Montana's wildlife and conservation laws. Place-based conservation

2005

$80,000 - To improve wildlife habitats on both public and private lands throughout the High Divide and foster community support for restoring wildlife habitat. Place-based conservation

2003

$22,500 - To rebuild habitat integrity on federal, state and private lands in order to create a continuous arc of high-quality habitat links between the Yellowstone and Salmon-Selway ecoregions. Place-based conservation

2001

$20,000 - To rebuild habitat integrity on federal, state and private lands in southwest Montana. Place-based conservation

National Wildlife Federation Successes

Coal-burning plant to shut down 2 units and clean up pollution

Coal-burning plant to shut down 2 units and clean up pollution

Decades after water contamination problems first started at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant, a court agreement between conservation groups and the facility’s owners will result in far safer disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal ash waste generated by burning coal at the plant. The waste byproduct of burning coal, coal ash contains several known carcinogens and neurotoxins.

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