Protect and conserve the native wildlife and its enjoyment by the public in the Upper Henrys Fork Watershed.
The iconic wildlife of the Upper Henrys Fork Watershed will thrive in connected and sustainable habitats because citizens treasure diverse and healthy wildlife populations and understand what is required for their continued success.
Champions for Wildlife
We are the only citizens organization devoted solely to protecting healthy wildlife populations in the Upper Henrys Fork Watershed.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Our society is battered by hate, racism, inequity, injustice, and polarization. As individuals and as an organization, we believe we have responsibilities to both model and act for a more just and inclusive society, helping society to heal as we help to heal the land and wildlife.
Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance acknowledges the land of the Henrys Fork as part of the ancestral lands of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes now located on the Fort Hall Reservation in southeastern Idaho.
Who We Are
The Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance (HFWA) is a group of people committed to protecting healthy wildlife populations in the Upper Henry’s Fork. We love the outdoors. We hunt, we fish and many of us simply like to watch wildlife. We are residents and taxpayers of Island Park and Fremont County. We volunteer our time, support our local businesses and charities and are your neighbors. Like you, we care deeply about Island Park.
One of the many things that make our community unique is the abundance of wildlife and an array of recreational opportunities – from world class hunting and fishing to snowmobiling and off-road riding. As our community grows and traffic to Yellowstone National Park increases, we are likely to see Island Park change as well. As community members who care deeply about our wildlife and the natural surroundings that are both their home and ours, we want to ensure that the wildlife we enjoy today in Island Park remain healthy and abundant for the next hundred years and for future generations.
In the summer of 2019 we formed the Henry’s Fork Wildlife Alliance to provide a local, unified voice for wildlife. We are a grassroots, all-volunteer organization governed by a volunteer board of directors – all local residents and homeowners. As an all-volunteer organization, we became an affiliate of the Idaho Wildlife Federation (IWF) because we share similar values and goals. The Idaho Wildlife Federation is “dedicated to promoting the conservation and protection of our natural resources, wildlife, and wildlife habitat for future and current generations.” We are proud to be an affiliate organization of IWF – one of 27 other Idaho affiliate organizations representing 45,000 members in Idaho.
Wildlife watchers and hunters share a long history of conservation. One of our nation’s most ardent hunters and conservationists, President Teddy Roosevelt, said, “The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination.” In fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states, “Hunters are among the most ardent conservationists around.” As hunters and wildlife watchers, we understand that to conserve healthy wildlife populations requires protecting their habitat and requires wise, science-based decisions about wildlife management.
We can all agree that Yellowstone’s wildlife is uniquely special. And we are some of the lucky few to live in Island Park, one of the most special places in Greater Yellowstone for wildlife. We hope you will join us in sharing our love and commitment to ensuring our local wildlife populations will be healthy and robust for generations to come.
Volunteer and Project Coordinator
Caitlyn grew up in eastern Idaho and is a graduate of Brigham Young University – Idaho with a degree in Ecology, Wildlife, Range and Fisheries. She lives in Ashton and is working towards a Master’s degree at the University of Wyoming. She has several years of experience in wildlife research across the western states, including research on sage grouse, barred owls, raptor migration, wild burros, pronghorn and wild horses.
As Volunteer and Project Coordinator, Caitlyn plans and manages on-the-ground volunteer projects to benefit wildlife, community and outreach events, and educational speaker programs in Island Park.
Photo by Tracy River
Sarah lives in Driggs and is an honors graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in biology and animal science and experience in conservation work.
Sarah worked as an undergraduate researcher at both the University of Connecticut and Emory University in Georgia, as well as a teaching assistant and an outdoors adventure trip leader. She has participated in volunteer work providing veterinary care to exotic animals in Honduras, and spent time studying biodiversity in Patagonia, Chile. She has worked as an Idaho Conservation Intern for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
In her spare time she plans to continue to take advantage of outdoor sports & recreation opportunities in Idaho. She is passionate about skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking.
As Communications Coordinator, Sarah provides HFWA with administrative support, manages social media, and communicates with HFWA members.
Board of Directors
- Jean Bjerke, President
- Gregg Servheen, Vice President
- Mary Van Fleet, Treasurer
- Karen Duncan, Secretary
- Mark Harbaugh, Board Member
- Bonnie Altshuld, Board Member
- Kathleen Boone, Island Park
- Nancy Goodman, Island Park
- Rebecca Hall, Island Park
- Janet Keefer, St. Anthony
- Kim Martin, Island Park
- Mary Maurer Martin, Island Park
- Mick Mickelson, Island Park
- Sally Neill, Island Park
- Jerry Nielsen, Ashton
- John Poloski, Island Park
- Bruce Raskin, Island Park
- Tim Reynolds, Island Park
- Ann Schenk, Ashton
- Ruth Shea, Northern Rockies Trumpeter Swan Stewards
Thank you to the following local photographers for the images used on this site:
- Randy Bjerke
- Deborah Drain
- Karen Enderson
- Jon Jacobs
- Charlie Lansche
- Josh Metten
- Patty Pickett
- Tracy River
- Laura Sitts
Idaho Wildlife Federation
Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance is a proud affiliate of the Idaho Wildlife Federation. The Idaho Wildlife Federation is dedicated to promoting the conservation and protection of our natural resources, wildlife, and wildlife habitat for future and current generations.
The Idaho Wildlife Federation is sportsmen and women, business people, farmers and ranchers, children, parents and grandparents, teachers, laborers, students who care about wildlife and care about our futures – committing to work together for wildlife in spite of our differences.
For more information on the Idaho Wildlife Federation, go to https://www.idahowildlife.org/.
Partners & Supporters
We believe in collaboration and partnership; In doing things together rather than alone. Our partners contribute more than money. Their ideas, research, endorsements, in-kind support, and much more help enable us to make strides toward our mission of protecting and conserving the native wildlife of the Upper Henrys Fork Watershed. The world is a better place, and future generations will benefit, from the work of many organizations that share our dedication to protecting the lands, waters and wildlife of Greater Yellowstone.