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

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!

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, including swan monitoring in Island Park with Northern Rockies Trumpeter Swan Stewards.