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Environmental Protection in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming Last Updated: July 27 '04

For a listing of groups working on environmental protections in the Northern Rocky Mountain bioregion, and to get on the (low traffic) wildrockies alerts email list, go to:


The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group in the Field, 365 days a year, protecting the last wild buffalo in and around Yellowstone National Park. The organization formed after the 1996-1997 winter slaughter of 1083 buffalo. They vowed to protect the buffalo and their ancestral lands. BFC is a community of volunteers who defend America's last free-roaming bison on their native range and advocate for their protection.At the behest of the powerful livestock industry, the state of Montana and the US government have slaughtered over 3,000 buffalo since 1989 - including one-third of the herd during the winter of '96-'97.

BFC Volunteers work to save the Buffalo in every way possible, winter and summer, including tabling in Yellowstone, educating the public on the hazing and killing activities being carried out by the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), and preventing the hazings and killings in many different ways. The campaign's efforts are paying off; The combined number of deaths during BFC's first four years totalled 107, a tenth of the number killed in 1997. More than 1300 volunteers from across the country and around the world have joined them in their fight to save these creatures. Recently the DOL has increased the pressure though, and the following 2004 updates from the field tell the sad story and what you can do about it. To contact the Buffalo Field Campaign:

PO Box 957
Missoula, Montana 59758
phone: (406)-646-0070
fax: (406) 646-0071

NEWSWIRE articles

  • Yellowstone Captures 300 Buffalo, Sends 145 to Slaughter Mar 4 '04
  • Yellowstone Slaughters 53 Buffalo Feb 26 '04

    * Action Item:

    Congress to Introduce "Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act" introduced by Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)

    This bill calls for a moratorium on the hazing, capturing, and killing of Yellowstone buffalo on all federal public lands until conditions are met that include allowing buffalo to range freely in areas adjacent to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and returning management of bison inside YNP to the sole jurisdiction of the Park Service.

    Thanks to the public support for this Act, BFC continues to gain cosponsors for H.R. 3446, the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. March 4, 2004, BFC reported that 63 House Representatives have signed on to this critical legislation. Please check www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/politico/3446.html for talking points and to see if your Representative has signed on. If they haven't, strongly urge them to do so. If they have, please thank them and encourage them to speak with their colleagues. You can contact your Representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 800-839-5276, and asking to be transferred to his/her office. Or, you can use www.house.gov/writerep to look up your Representative and send them an email.


    Please take the time to call or write your Representatives and urge them to support the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act by becoming a co-sponsor of the bill. Tell them to contact Representative Hinchey's office for more information.

    Yellowstone National Park provided sanctuary to the only 23 free-roaming buffalo who survived the mass slaughter of the 19th century. Yet present-day park rangers are taking part in a slaughter that threatens the very survival of their descendants.

    Call, fax, and email (in that order) your representative and urge them to support the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. Yellowstone is supposed to be a sanctuary for our nation's last herd of genetically pure, free-roaming bison, not a killing ground. Make even a single phone call and let your Representative know what you think.

    To contact your Representative, please visit the following web site: www.house.gov/writerep

    or call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

    For more info, or to get on the BFC email list to get a biweekly update, write to buffalo@wildrockies.org, or visit www.wildrockies.org/buffalo.

    The Wild Rockies Field Institute, was started in 1993 by University of Montana instructors who wanted to more effectively teach the connection between human relationships with ecological processes, social issues and land management policy, by getting people to experience these relationships first-hand, in the field. With this mission in mind, they provide various and widely diverse courses of study, that happen onsite, and invite the public to participate in a "different kind of academic adventure"...

    Wild Rockies Field Institute
    PO Box 7071
    Missoula, MT 59807
    Phone: 406-549-4336

    The Ecology Center is a non-profit, public-interest conservation organization, working to protect biological diversity and ecosystem integrity in the Northern Rockies Bioregion. They participate fully in the public land management decision process, advocating government agencies to act in conformance with environmental legislation. They also assist and empower other similar-minded groups and citizens to participate in public lands management.

    The Ecology Center, Inc.
    801 Sherwood Street, Suite B
    Missoula, MT 59802
    phone: 406-728-5733
    fax: 406-721-9917

    Women's Voices For the Earth has several campaigns and projects empowering women to become more aware and more active in changing destructive policies. They work on developing leadership programs and affecting public policy on Toxics. A few of these current projects include:

    • The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics highlight the dangerous toxic chemicals contained in cosmetic products in the U.S. According to their website, this campaign "is calling on all cosmetics companies to protect our health by phasing out the use of chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects. Cosmetics and personal care companies are already phasing these chemicals out of products they sell in Europe, due to more protective public health laws. Don't we deserve the same?"
    • GUTS is a group teaching leadership and self-empowerment skills to young women. Their mission is to support young women in discovering their strengths, developing their leadership skills, and using their voices to activate positive community change. They are hosting a series of summer events.
    • Wild Women Float Trip on the Salmon River August 10-15 2004 GUTS. Their mission is to support young women in discovering their strengths, developing their leadership skills, and using their voices to activate positive community change. They are hosting a series of summer events.

    Women's Voices For The Earth
    PO Box 8743, Missoula, Montana 59807
    phone: (406) 543-3747
    fax: (406) 542-5632

    Bozeman Office:
    P.O. Box 1067, Bozeman, MT 59771
    phone: (406) 585-9009
    fax: (406) 585-5549


    Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers (CMCR) began in 1990 as a video project to improve public awareness of environmental and human rights issues in the Northern Rockies. Over the years, they've collaborated with numerous grassroots efforts to support a variety of issues, including indigenous rights, civil rights, endangered habitats, grizzlies, wolves, buffalo, fire ecology, and to provide video documentation of public protests, forest management atrocities, and more. CMCR also works on Stone Container pulp mill pollution, protecting the last wild buffalo, and supporting the rights of grassroots media volunteers to document government agents and activities without harassment or retribution.

    For more info:

    PO Box 7941
    Missoula, Montana 59807
    phone: (406)-728-0867
    fax: (406) 327-1209

    Wild Rockies Earth First! is a group that has transformed over the past decade, from the Ancient Forest Bus Brigade, to the Cove/Mallard Coalition, as they successfully defended the "Two Timber Sales to Terrible to Ignore" and for many years worked to stop the Cove/Mallard Timber Sales, by tenaciously holding on in the forests and in the courts, being repeatedly attacked and arrested. In 1998, they began defending two roadless sales that are exempt from the roadless rule because they were and still are under contract. These sales are called Otter-Wing and Mackey Day, and are located in Wing-Twenty Mile Roadless Area just north of Gospel Hump Wilderness Area.

    For more information or to be put on their mailing list for regular updates, contact WREF!:

    (406) 721-3494
    PO Box 1742
    Missoula, MT 59806.