Gallatin Wildlife Association

 

 

   Wild and Scenic Film Festival - February 22

         Free Event for the Bozeman Community

 

 

 

Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and Gallatin Wildlife Association are excited to host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Emerson Theater in Bozeman on Thursday,  February 22nd, at 6 PM. The festival features environmental and adventure films that illustrate the Earth’s beauty, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities, groups and individuals are doing to protect the places and wildlife we love.

 

Doors open at 5 PM. We will have information tables and representatives of the local conservation groups there to give information and discuss issues. There will be free coffee, beer, and pizza. The event is free, so please come and feel free to invite all those who are interested. We also have some great raffle prizes from local businesses! All proceeds from the raffle go to benefit Gallatin Wildlife Association, an organization that promotes restoration, maintenance and perpetuation of wildlife and their habitat.  We hope to see you February 22nd at the Emerson!

 

Coming Up:

 

 

                   Give Big Gallatin Valley, 

               Give Big to Gallatin Wildlife

 

The Bozeman Area Community Foundation's Give Big Gallatin Valley initiative is a 24-hour online and live celebration of giving created to connect generous community members with the causes they care about most. The goal is simple - inspire our people to come together, show their pride in their communities, and contribute to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations in Gallatin County.

 

Please support Gallatin Wildlife. 

 

           The dates are May 3-4, from 6pm on May 3rd to 6pm on May 4th.

 

        Our Forum on Forest Health is Over, 

                  but the Fight Continues:

 

 

Gallatin Wildlife Association completed our forum on forest health at the Emerson Cultural Center in September. As you can see it was entitled  "Healthy Forests - Science or Slogan?". We had two magnificient speakers; the first being Dr. Cathy Whitlock from MSU and the other was author and ecologist, George Wuerthner. Both speakers were complimenting the story that forest health is a relative term and that our forests are constantly evolving over time. Climate, geology, man's activities and vegetation all play a role in the kind of forests we have on the landscape. Fire must be considered to be a part of forest health.

Recently the House of Representatives has voted  in favor of the disastrous piece of legislation known as H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act. It now advances to the U.S. Senate and we need to defeat this bill. What this bill does is listed below.

  • Eliminate environmental analysis under NEPA from the development of Forest
    Plans;
  • Create “categorical exclusions” from environmental analysis for logging projects
    on areas up to 30,000 acres;
  • Drastically curtail opportunities for judicial review of land management decisions;
  • Imperil Roadless areas and National Monument protections; and
  • Fail to fully address the problem of fire suppression funding

 

Please take action to defeat this bill. Write and call Senator Tester and Daines that H.R. 2936 needs to be scrapped. Let's place the management of our forest into the hands of those who will use science as a tool for proper understanding and management of our natural heritage. Let's not let politicians use fire as an excuse for more logging or a false sense of security.

 

Senator Daines email:

https://www.daines.senate.gov/CONNECT/EMAIL-STEVE

 

Senator Tester email:

https://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=email_senator

 

If you have followed any news at all lately, you have probably heard the sloganeering by our Congressional Delegation, more noticeably Senator Steve Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte. They have been pointing fingers at those radical or extreme environmentalist being at fault for the poor policy and management decisions that are in play today. Sen. Steve Daines even has a push poll on his website asking the public's opinion on the wildfires of Montana this past year. Were the extreme wildfires the fault of radical environmentalism, the U.S. Forest Service policies, and bad judges or climate change. This simplistic poll basically does a disservice to proper forest management and a discussion of how science can help us make wiser decisions on our natural lands.

 

About Us:

 

The Gallatin Wildlife Association (GWA) is a local, all volunteer wildlife conservation organization which is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Southwest Montana. We are a non-profit 501-c (3) organization which has been in existence since 1976 representing hunters, anglers, and other wildlife advocates with the mission to protect habitat and conserve fish and wildlife populations on a sustainable basis for our children and future generations.  GWA believes in the ethic of fair chase public hunting and fishing opportunities for all. We support the Montana constitution which states: “the opportunity to harvest wild game is a heritage that shall forever be preserved” and that “the legislature shall provide adequate remedies to prevent unreasonable depletion of natural resources.”

 

Our efforts benefit the community by focusing on wildlife issues through emails, newsletters and outreach events. GWA regularly meets with other wildlife organizations and NGOs on wildlife issues and with our Congressional Delegation to inform and comment.

 

Please consider working with Gallatin Wildlife Association by joining the organization or providing your email so wildlife issues and volunteer opportunities can be easily communicated.

 

Who We Are:

 

President: Glenn Hockett

 

My passion is for fish, wildlife and their wild habitats. I love Montana and the Rocky Mountain West. I have a B.S. Degree in Rangeland Management from Montana State University.  My experience in Montana, like the landscape, is vast, diverse, weathered and ever changing. I am honored to serve as volunteer president of the Gallatin Wildlife Association, an organization I am extremely proud of. Our focus is simple yet complex – we work to protect habitat and conserve fish and wildlife.

 

Secretary: Nancy Shultz

 

Treasurer: Paul Griffin

 

Other Board Members:

 

Joe Gutkoski

 

Jim Bailey - Retired. Former biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, New Mexico Game & Fish Department, Professor of wildlife management, Colorado State University. 

 

Alex Russell - I'm a board member of GWA because I support GWA's mission of preserving, protecting and promoting wildlife and habitat.  When I'm not being a real estate agent, I try to spend as much time as possible camping, hiking, hunting or fishing with my family. September is ultimate month in Montana.  This is when I put on a backpack and head into any one of Montana's incredible wilderness areas for elk hunting.  There's is nothing in the world like hearing an early morning elk bugle on some crisp fall morning.  GWA is all about making sure our kids and grand kids get to have the same thing.

 

Clint Nagel - Retired. Graduated from Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon in 1974 with B.S. Degree in Biology. Retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Science formally known as Water Resource Division (1978-2009).

 

 

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