The Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s mission is to conserve wildlife, habitat and outdoor opportunities.
Founded in 1937, the Federation is the oldest and largest sportsmen’s advocacy and conservation organization in the state of Wyoming.
The vision of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation is a Wyoming with well-conserved fish and wildlife populations, healthy habitats, and engaged citizens.
This vision is achieved by organizing and educating the public on issues affecting wildlife, habitat and outdoor opportunities. We support strong science-based policies to retain, restore, and reconnect wildlife habitats and sustainably funded wildlife management. Our vision is brought to life by hunters and anglers who recognize both the cultural and conservation significance of Wyoming’s landscapes.
Trust – WWF is trusted and our positions and opinions are used by diverse constituents.
Outcomes – WWF is focused on achieving outcomes. “We get things done.”
Respect – WWF communicates within the organization and outside in a manner that is respectful and focused on issues. WWF is respected by all stakeholders regarding wildlife issues.
Collaboration – WWF works with diverse groups in constructive dialog over conservation policy and science.
Honesty – WWF is honest and credible in all we do.
Engagement – WWF engages people in our work leading to strong supporters, volunteers, advocates, staff, and board.
Science – WWF makes decisions and policy recommendations based on the best available science.
WWF plays an important role in helping draft recommendations to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for managing Wyoming’s wildlife resources, including hunter opportunities.
Just recently, the Federation was a leader in crafting definitions for big game migration corridors in Wyoming. These corridors put antelope, deer, and elk in the right place for forage at the right time of year. These prime habitats are vital to healthy wildlife populations. Definitions of aspects of migration corridors such as wintering grounds and calving areas can now be universal across land management agencies and decision-makers. This is important when evaluating the impacts of housing expansion, oil and gas development, and other activities.
Additionally, WWF serves as the voice for sportsmen and women by providing testimony at the Wyoming Legislature, with a full-time presence during the legislative session. WWF advocates on behalf of Wyoming for the health and well being of our wild resources. In the 83 years since the organization’s founding, the primary focus of WWF remains: to conserve wildlife, habitat, and outdoor opportunities.
Meet Our Staff
We have a dedicated full-time staff that works tirelessly on conservation issues all around the state.
Dwayne is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BA in English, followed by an MA in American Studies and Environmental & Natural Resources. His career has spanned from cook to fishing guide, to bicycle mechanic to commercial fishing to carpentry. Over the past 10 years Dwayne has been dedicated to the conservation of natural resources, with a focus on sportsmen resources. He has worked for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, National Wildlife Foundation, and Trout Unlimited. Dwayne is a member of numerous hunting and fishing organizations as well as the Alliance for Historic Wyoming and Wyoming Trails and Pathways. The Meadows’ family recently relocated from Eastern Oregon back to Wilson, Wyoming where they spend most of their free time exploring the mountains and rivers.
Meet Our Board
Our board members help guide and support the organization. We couldn't do what we do without them!
Mark also spent 17 years with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), considered the gold standard in teaching wilderness skills and leadership. Over the years Mark taught backpacking, rock climbing, and winter courses. He oversaw the hiring and training of field staff and also served on the director team for 8 years, as Finance Director and Alumni & Development Director.
Mark holds a BS in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MA in Mathematics from the University of Washington.
Craig then spent seven years achieving policy change in Washington State. He led a multi-year coalition effort involving more than 60 diverse organizations and hundreds of volunteers to secure nearly $7 million in new annual revenue for bicycling and pedestrian improvements and street maintenance. He also developed and managed training programs to empower citizens with the skills they need to help create a better future. He directed communications on a legislative campaign that successfully reached an agreement to shutter one of the Pacific Northwest’s two remaining coal-fired power plants while investing $55 million in local economic development, coordinated a campaign that secured $20 million to make it easier for people to walk and bike to a light rail station, and much more.
Seeking a home with a sense of community, access to wild places, and abundant wildlife in which to raise their kids, Craig and his wife Stacy moved back to Jackson Hole in 2013. He began working at the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance as its Community Engagement Coordinator and launched the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute to empower and develop leaders with the skills necessary to help the Alliance achieve its mission of protecting the wildlife, wild places, and community character of Jackson Hole.
Craig was promoted to Executive Director of the Alliance in May, 2014 and during his three years leading the organization the Alliance successfully: secured funding for and advanced the development of a Teton County wildlife crossings master plan, reached a resolution with the Forest Service that reduces the community’s reliance on supplemental elk feeding, backed local resolutions recognizing the value of our public lands and opposing their transfer to state control, advocated for updates to Jackson’s downtown land use rules that prioritize housing the community’s middle class over more new corporate hotels, graduated 106 new conservation superheroes with the skills and knowledge to create a better future from the Conservation Leadership Institute, empowered hundreds of volunteers to engage thousands of their friends and neighbors to participate in the civic process, and much more.
Now, Craig works at a larger scale as a Director of Conservation Partnerships for the National Wildlife Federation helping state affiliate organizations in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming achieve national and regional conservation victories.
Craig lives in Jackson Hole with his wife Stacy, and their children Piper and Ryder. When Craig isn't working for the National Wildlife Federation you can find him camping with family and friends across the intermountain West, skiing in the backcountry, or trail running on our American public lands.
We Work On Conservation Issues
Since 1937 Wyoming Wildlife Federation has been the champion of wildlife, conservation, and outdoor access issues in Wyoming.
Access & Outdoor Opportunities
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Over the years we've developed great relationships with other companies and organizations who are committed to helping us do our work.
Programs That Make A Difference
Wyoming faces complex conservation challenges and Wyoming Wildlife Federation has put together a diverse set of programs to address them.