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.
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.
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.
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:
Senator Tester email:
Developers want to discharge treated waste water
into the Gallatin River.
We won't let them.
Developers in Big Sky Montana want to continue building vacation homes for the millionaires and billionaires. The problem is that they don't know where to put all of their treated water. Now the developers want to discharge their treated waste water into the Gallatin River.
For more information, check the link below.
And please consider making a donation to help Cottonwood continue protecting our water.
Cottonwood Environmental Law Center, P.O. Box 412, Bozeman, MT 59718
This past Friday evening, the night of the 4th of August, friends and family gathered at the Senior Center in Bozeman to honor and to celebrate 90 years of life for Joe Gutkoski. He is known as the wilderness man. You can link to
for information on his life and an interesting one it has been. Joe is an active member of the Gallatin Wildlife Association and we are honored to have him on the GWA Board of Directors.
Joe enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served two years, after which he studied landscape architecture at Pennsylvania State University. He put his degree to work when he began his career working for the U.S. Forest Service. But before he began that chapter of his life, he was a smoke jumper out of Missoula with that said agency. He finally worked up to becoming foreman. Joe worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 33 years and retired in 1981. As important as his career has been, he has also shown is independence by fighting for public lands, wilderness and wildlife. He has been a founder and been a part of several local environmental organizations in and around Bozeman through all that time. Thank you Joe for all of your hard work and your commitment to making this earth a better place in which to live.
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.
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:
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).
GWA has regular meetings every Tuesday morning at the COOP on West Main in Bozeman, MT, starting at 8am. An agenda is sent out prior to meetings via email. When you look at the agenda, you’ll see the topics and issues we’re involved in. We’re an all volunteer organization, and we greatly appreciate participation. We encourage everyone to get involved to protect our diverse wildlife resources for the benefit of all, especially future generations. As always there will be many wildlife issues on the agenda.