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