The HFWA community believes in collaboration and partnership. By teaming up with other organizations, agencies, and individuals that share our values, we are best able to mobilize our volunteer base on projects that benefit the lands, waters, and wildlife of Greater Yellowstone.

Volunteer Projects

If you would like more details about volunteering on any of these projects, please email caitlyn@henrysforkwildlifealliance.org.


Our 2022 season has ended. We thank all our volunteers for all the hard work they contributed to make this year an even bigger success than last year! Check back for more details about upcoming events.

Anticipated Projects for 2023

Kestrel Nest Boxes

When: February 2023

We will be building nest boxes for farmers and private landowners to attract kestrels, which help eat and scare away non-native pests like European sparrows and starlings. This will be a fun wood-working event for anyone interested. It is also part of our new citizen science project to monitor the success of these nest boxes.

Pelican Awareness Signs

When: Spring 2023

We received funding to create new, durable signs raising awareness about pelican tag-spotting! We will be replacing our temporary signs with these new, improved signs in 2023. You can also help next spring by visiting areas with migrating pelicans and trying to spot any with wing tags. Learn more about this ongoing project here.

Fence Removal at Timber Creek

When: Summer 2023

We will be removing more portions of old barbed wire fence from the Timber creek subdivision north of Henry’s Lake.

And more!

Past Projects

September 2022

Buffalo River Fence

During summer 2022, HFWA assisted the Forest Service by installing floating gates and removing unneeded barbed wire from the buffalo river, making the river more friendly to boaters and wildlife. Learn more here.

| Photo by Lee Maybe

Lyle Springs Fence

HFWA partnered with the Forest Service on an RAC grant to built a fence around a pond at Lyle Springs that was being damaged by illegal ATV activity. Learn more here.

| Photo by Tracy River

Ashton Apple Pick-up 2022

HFWA volunteers participated in the annual Ashton apple pick-up organized by Jeremy Nicholson, IDFG Bear Biologist. Removing unwanted apples prevents attracting bears into town. Learn more on IDFG website.

Older Projects

Pronghorn collaring 2022

On July 17, 2022, eleven pronghorn were captured and collared by IDFG biologists, with assistance from volunteers from Safari Club International, Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge, and Henrys Fork Wildlife Alliance. Volunteers assisted IDFG personnel by finding and reporting groups of pronghorn from the ground to speed up helicopter capture.

Island Park Fence Removal 2022

In July 2022, HFWA volunteers removed 3,600 feet of old barbed wire. This project was in partnership with National Parks Conservation Association.

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| Photo by Pat Todd

Henrys Lake Restoration: May 2022

HFWA volunteers and other partners continued wetland restoration efforts in a collaborative shoreline restoration project with Henrys Lake Foundation and Bureau of Land Management.

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Island Park Private Land Fence Removal

In the summer of 2021, HFWA partnered with National Parks Conservation Association to remove 1,700ft of delinquent barbed-wire and woven-wire fencing in Island Park. The first project involved removal of a section of obsolete fence on private property in northern Island Park.

USFS Land Fence Removal

This project involved the removal of several sections of obsolete fence on U.S. Forest Service land south of Raynolds Pass in Island Park.

Kelsie Huyser, Project Manager for the Yellowstone Pronghorn Project of NPCA, said the removal of the derelict barbed wire fence would improve wildlife movement west of Yellowstone National Park over Reynolds Pass between Madison Valley, Montana, and Henry’s Lake, Idaho.

Henrys Lake Restoration: May 2021

HFWA volunteers and other partners participated in a collaborative fence building and shoreline restoration project with Henrys Lake Foundation and Bureau of Land Management! Volunteers replaced harmful fencing with a wildlife-friendlier fence and planted willows along the lakeshore.

Henrys Lake Restoration: October 2021

HFWA volunteers and other partners participated in native planting along Henrys Lakeshore. There will be multiple phases of this project. Stay tuned for more!

Bear Safe Island Park

HFWA is partnering with Idaho Fish & Game and Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center to provide bear-resistant trash containers in Island Park for use in specific problem areas. The containers will be used in concert with community education materials to keep humans and bears safe in our area. Stay tuned for more details!

County Line Fence Project

HFWA participated in an Idaho Fish & Game wildlife-friendly fence project. This is part of a large-scale project to retrofit fencing for safe wildlife movement. Photo copyright Christine Paige

Pronghorn Movement Study

HFWA worked with Idaho Fish and Game, the Idaho Chapter of Safari Club International, and Friends of Camas National Wildlife Refuge on a pronghorn movement study in July 2020. Several volunteers helped in the field. The data collected will help inform mitigation efforts to decrease wildlife mortality and sustain big game populations in Idaho. Photo by Josh Rydalch

And more!

Stay tuned for more information about other upcoming projects and volunteer opportunities!