Gallatin Wildlife Association



Photo taken during winter day trip to Yellowstone NP by Clint Nagel. Bison on Blacktail Deer Plateau dated 20190102.

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:


Board and Officers:


President: Clint Nagel - graduated from Southern Oregon College in Ashland, Oregon in 1974 with B.S. Degree in Biology. He began his federal service with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division in Buffalo, Wyoming in 1978. Early on, his service consisted of work overseeing a variety of surface-water monitoring programs. But as opportunities changed, a majority of that time also included water quality and sediment programs associated with the National Stream Quality Accounting Network as well with several statewide Ambient water-quality monitoring networks. Several years were also spent in the ground water discipline. The last several years of his career included more management aspects as he became supervisor over the Hydrologic Surveillance section in the Kansas City, Missouri Subdistrict Office and the Sacramento, California Field Office.


He officially retired in 2009 while in Sacramento, CA. He volunteered part of his time back to the agency for a 3-month period before he once again worked on a part-time basis for an additional year and a half. After that he drew his career to a close and his wife and he relocated to Bozeman, MT. Now they spend their time volunteering and being on boards for various groups and organizations within the Bozeman community. Currently he sits on the board of the Gallatin Wildlife Association, Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter plus past President of the local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. He is active within many environmental groups in the Bozeman area and writes letters on behalf of many causes.



Vice President: Vacant - 


Secretary: Nancy Shultz - Nancy lives in Bozeman, and enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, cross country skiing and watching wildlife.


Treasurer: Paul Griffin -


Other Board Members:



Joe Gutkoski was born and raised in Pennsylvania. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the Navy in WWII where he served on the Destroyer Lansdowne. He graduated from Penn State University with a BS degree in Landscape Architecture. He began work with the U.S. Forest Service in the ate 1940s as a fire fighter in Idaho. He transferred to Missoula, He transferred to Missoula, MT, where for 13 years he worked as a smoke jumper, squad leader and foreman, fighting fire throughout the West. Joe transferred as a Landscape Architect to the Forest Service Regional Lands Office, doing planning and design work in MT, ID, eastern WA, North and South Dakota, MN and Alaska. In 1964, he was assigned to the Gallatin National Forest in Bozeman. Joe retired from the USFS in 1982 with 32 years of service.


He then started a licensed practice in land planning and design in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Joe is a life-long environmentalist and defender of public lands. He was President and founding member of Montana Rivers and Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation. He was President, Secretary and Grievance Officer of Local 130 National Federation of Federal Emloyees Union. Joe has served as President of the Gallatin Wildlife Association, member of Montanans for Gallatin Wilderness, and Vice President of Montana Wildlife Federation where he served on the Board of Directors for many years. Joe was President and Secretary of Madison Gallatin Alliance, a chapter of Montana Wilderness Association. He was also Vice President of the Big Open Project in northeast Montana. He was Vice President and Secretary of Montana/Idaho Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, and lastly, Chairman of Bozemans Schools, Parks and Recreation Planning Committee.



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



Board Position - Vacant. 



Don Bachman was employed by GYC from 1989-1991 and as an issue consultant from 1998-2005; primarily with the New World Mine process. He has served 11 seasons with the Forest Service in Region 5 and Region 2 with 4 seasons with the Rocky Mountain Research Service in Ft. Collinns, Colorado and 6 seasons with the National Park Service.


Founding Member: Oregon Cascades Conservation Council, 1958 - 1960

Founding Member: Colorado Open Space Council, 1964 - 1989

Founding Member: High Country Citizens Alliance, 1977 - present

Founding Member: Western Colorado Congress, 1980 - 1992


Don served as board of directors with the following and varying dates and terms. 


Varying dates and terms:  Colorado Open Space Council, High Country Citizens Alliance, Western Colorado Congress, Western Organization of Resource Councils, Rocky Mountain Biological Station (community member 1988-89) Montana Environmental Information Center, Center for Science in Public Participation (current Secretary), Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Silverton, CO (founding and current President).


Science Advisory Board:


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 a volunteer on the Science Advisory Board. My experience as past President of the Gallatin Wildlife Association should serve me well in the new endeavor. Our focus is simple yet complex - we work to protect habitat and conserve fish and wildlife.


Lance Craighead:


George Wuerthner:


Jim Bailey: Retired. Former biologist, Illinois Natural History Survey, New Mexico Game and Fish Department, Professor of Wildlife Management, Colorado State University.


Activities of the 2019 Year: Gallatin Wildlife Association


If you want to know what GWA does, this will provide you some insight.


  • GWA is a non-profit volunteer wildlife conservation organization representing hunters and anglers in Southwest Montana and elsewhere.  Our mission is simply to protect habitat and conserve fish and wildlife.  GWA supports sustainable management of fish and wildlife populations through fair chase public hunting and fishing opportunities that will ensure these traditions are passed on for future generations to enjoy. 


  • Our efforts benefit the community by continuing to focus on wildlife issues through emails, newsletters and outreach events.


  • January 14th, 2019 community presentation about wildlife corridors, connectivity and Montanans for Safe Wildlife Passage.


  • In Feb. 2019, GWA filed an Amicus Brief on behalf of Save our Gallatin Front in what is known as Limestone West.


  • We hosted and sponsored the Bozeman Wild and Scenic Film Festival on Feb. 16.


  • On June 5, GWA submitted a 163 page comment on the Custer Gallatin National Forest Draft Revision Forest Plan.


  • GWA has cosponsored with GYWA and GOB public programs on the Gallatin Range to explain the history of the HPBHWSA, why it is critical to keep the Gallatin Range WSA intact.


  • GWA supported development of the Montana Wild Bison Restoration Coalition as a separate grass-roots organization.


  • We attend numerous meetings and report back to members and an interested public about actions/management decisions that affect wildlife and their habitat.


  • GWA regularly communicates with the public through our website, please check us out;


  • Communications include sending talking points so more citizens can effectively communicate with decision makers.


  • When we host or cohost an event, the goals of GWA are to raise awareness about conservation issues, raise money to continue our work and to add and empower more citizens to understand issues that affect wildlife so they can advocate for wildlife. 



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