Stories of outdoor adventures in Wyoming from our Conservation Ambassadors, members, and friends of Wyoming Wildlife Federation.
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Wyoming Wildlife Federation aims to build and sustain a network of local Conservation Ambassadors and affiliated groups and clubs, that are active in regional conservation issues and projects. By educating and empowering a base of advocates on conservation policy, we strive to convene diverse groups in constructive dialog over policy and science. Our work will engage Wyoming communities by offering them opportunities to connect in the outdoors and have an understanding of wildlife and conservation, fostering a culture of sportsmen conservationist in Wyoming.
These ambassadors are local Wyoming people willing to go the extra mile for conservation by advocating on causes they care about. They are moms and dads, electricians and real estate agents, Wyoming natives and recent locals who all love Wyoming’s wildlife and wild places and want to advocate on their behalf.
Annually, WWF brings these folks together at Conservation Ambassador gatherings where we discuss how we can help each other. The Ambassadors share major ideas for how best to increase hunting and angling opportunities, host local events, and pass good wildlife policy.
Each year, WWF also hosts an advocacy training and lobbying day with our Ambassadors called Camo at the Capitol. Sportsmen and sportswomen come for a half-day training and legislative update followed by a trip to the capitol to lobby on actual bills. The pinnacle of the Camo at the Capitol event is the Wyoming Sportsmen’s Legislative Reception that evening. Last year over 150 people attended the reception including Governor Gordon and the President of the Senate.
These Ambassadors are empowered hunters and anglers with incredible skills, networks, and an opportunity to effectively make their voices heard. These volunteers are increasing the influence of hunters and anglers on conservation policy and resulting in positive policy change for wildlife and habitat.
Wyoming Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Ambassador program empowers hunters and anglers across the state to influence wildlife and conservation policy.
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It was after his maiden pheasant hunt with a close friend and mentor that Sam discovered his passion for bird hunting and gun dogs. Modeling this experience Sam adopted a Weimaraner shortly thereafter and set about training Bandit primarily utilizing his library card and a few online videos.
In May of 2017, Sam packed up his career, guns and dog and moved to central Wyoming to follow his love of hunting and his pursuit of open, public lands. Wyoming quickly became his home as he spent the summer hiking and fishing along the Winds, taking in the beauty of the west. His passion for hunting and conservation comes as a result of growing up without these spaces. As a result, he is always sharing his pursuit of wing shooting and the importance of conservation with new hunters. Sam’s love for cooking of wild game keeps his boots laced and on the ground, with a scattergun in his hands. Whether it’s the high plains sage brush or the rocky hills outside of Jackson, Sam can be found chasing birds with his favorite hunting partner, Bandit.
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Levi has been in Gillette since graduating college, working for several years for an environmental consulting firm, and for the last ten years for the City of Gillette. Even though he and his family live a life in the city, his mind and his passions are on the adventures of the outdoors: hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and gardening. Levi has gained an understanding that those things of his childhood that seemed to be just part of life aren't just there; they need people that care to learn about them, to advocate for them, and to literally and figuratively get their hands dirty caring for them.
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Craig lives in Lander, WY with his wife Anika and pup Juno.
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As a professional skier for the past decade, Griffin has been the beneficiary of public lands his entire career. Furthermore, he’s spent the majority of his time with stakeholders that are sometimes viewed as at odds—philosophically or politically—with hunters and anglers. Now equally comfortable talking bullet weight as crampon weight, Griffin can whole heartedly say that perceived division is an illusion. Our communities are largely all after the same thing: protecting public lands and ensuring access for future generations.
Griff acknowledges that each user-group sometime sees the other as a threat rather than an ally. He would venture to guess, however, if one takes the time to understand the other, to talk to them, these concerns would evaporate. Griffin joins the WWF Conservation Ambassadors to aide in that conversation and, hopefully, be a catalyst for better understanding, communication and action for the betterment of public lands, recreation, and wildlife.
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Each Program that Wyoming Wildlife Federation runs affects a variety of different conservation Issues. Click on an Issue to find out more about it.