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.
Projects This Month
If you would like to volunteer on any of these projects, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Removal of Downed Barbed Wire Fence at request of four private property owners in north Island Park: July 26
–Pelican Observation: HFWA is collecting citizen science data to help Idaho Fish & Game monitor pelican movements and population. We need help putting up signs at locations where pelicans frequent with information on the tags: July 27 at 10AM
Other Upcoming Projects
Check back soon for more details about the following events!
-Lyle Springs Fence Building to protect pond and breeding amphibians from illegal ATV traffic: Date TBD
-Reconstruction of Earthen Dam and Installation of Water Control Structure to restore historic swan breeding habitat in national forest: Date TBD
–Willow removal at swan breeding site: Date TBD/October
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.
Barbed wire fences are dangerous and disruptive to wildlife movement. Removing the fence and downed barbed ensures that the meadow and sage brush on this section of land are restored to their natural state and the seasonal movement of pronghorn, mule deer and elk is no longer disrupted.
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
Stay tuned for more information about other upcoming projects and volunteer opportunities!