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Matt Skoglund, Director, Northern Rockies Office, Bozeman, Montana

Matt Skoglund

I grew up in suburban Chicago, and my backyard abutted a small forest preserve, which had a little creek flowing through it. To my brothers and me, that forest preserve was as wild as Alaska, and we spent countless hours exploring the forest and creek. So began my love of all things wild.

A few years later, when I was 15, I went on a month-long NOLS backpacking trip in the Lemhi Mountain Range in Idaho. For a flatlander from Illinois, it was an amazing experience. When I traveled home after the trip, some part of me remained in the West, and I spent the next fifteen years preparing for my return. In that time, my interest in, and passion for, the natural world only deepened. I closely followed environmental issues, with those affecting the northern Rockies nearest and dearest to my heart. Many voyages to Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming also transpired.

I earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2001 and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2005. Following law school, I clerked in federal court in Chicago for a year, spent two years in the litigation group of a large Chicago law firm, and then, following a brilliant alignment of the stars, obtained my dream job as a wildlife advocate for NRDC in Montana.

Away from the office, I can be found chasing wild trout with a fly rod, trail-running, playing pond hockey, hiking, hunting, or doing something else in the mountains. But if it were an emergency, I’d check the rivers first.

Recent Posts

History Made for Wild Bison in Montana; Kudos to Governor Bullock

Posted January 5, 2016 by Matt Skoglund

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Two weeks ago, the State of Montana made history when Governor Steve Bullock announced the state was moving forward with providing year-round habitat for wild bison in Montana outside Yellowstone National Park. This is huge, huge, huge news, and...continued

Recent Settlement Protects Grizzly Bear Habitat in Northwest Montana

Posted October 15, 2015 by Matt Skoglund

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Last week, NRDC, Friends of the Wild Swan, and Montana Environmental Information Center, represented by Earthjustice, settled a lawsuit over grizzly bears and bull trout in western Montana. The settlement protects over 22,000 acres of important grizzly bear habitat...continued

Guest Blog Post by Catherine Schmidt: Some Thoughts on My Summer with NRDC in Bozeman

Posted September 24, 2015 by Matt Skoglund

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A hunter, a surfer, and a vegan with a bulldog named Beef congregate in an office on Monday morning. Despite the perfect preface for a joke, this is the daily work atmosphere in the NRDC Northern Rockies Office in...continued

It is Time to Finally Give Wild Bison From Yellowstone Access to Year-Round Habitat in Montana

Posted January 26, 2015 by Matt Skoglund

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In the past few days, over 200 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park have been rounded up and shipped to slaughter facilities. And several hundred more are expected to meet the same fate in the coming months. This does...continued

The Future of Whitebark Pine Trees in the West?

Posted September 26, 2014 by Matt Skoglund

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Dead and dying whitebark pine trees in the Gallatin National Forest in Montana Over the past several years, my colleagues and I have written a lot about the whitebark pine tree and the various threats it faces. Those threats...continued

Victory for Wolves in Wyoming

Posted September 23, 2014 by Matt Skoglund

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Today, a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service violated the law when it removed Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Wyoming in 2012. As part of today’s ruling, Endangered Species Act...continued

Guest Blog Post by Hilary Yu: Exploring the Treasure State - A Summer with NRDC

Posted August 20, 2014 by Matt Skoglund

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                        (Bison in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Hilary Yu.) After a truly incredible summer in Big Sky Country, I’ve begun to understand why so many people come to Montana and either never leave or begin to craft plans for...continued

It's Time for Year-Round Wild Bison Habitat in Montana

Posted April 29, 2014 by Matt Skoglund

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On Sunday, April 20, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle published the following joint op-ed by Caroline Byrd (Greater Yellowstone Coalition), Bonnie Rice (Sierra Club), Glenn Hockett (Gallatin Wildlife Association), Steve Forrest (Defenders of Wildlife), Bart Melton (National Parks Conservation Association),...continued

The Time for Year-Round Bison Habitat in Montana is Now

Posted September 12, 2013 by Matt Skoglund

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Wild bison in Yellowstone National Park   The State of Montana has proposed giving wild bison from Yellowstone National Park access to year-round habitat in Montana. Immensely needed and long overdue, year-round habitat for bison makes sense from all angles of consideration and...continued

Guest Blog Post: A Summer in Montana with NRDC by Taylor Burdge

Posted September 9, 2013 by Matt Skoglund

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Growing up in Florida, the West was a mystery to me.  Yellowstone was nothing more than “that place where Old Faithful is,” the Rocky Mountains were where my friends went skiing, and grizzly bears and wolves were figments of...continued

Say No to Pebble Mine in the Name of Jobs and the Economy

Posted June 6, 2013 by Matt Skoglund

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    Name the environmental fight, and it’s often framed as Save Nature v. Jobs & Development. In one corner is the granola-eating, Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging hippie, and in the other corner is Exxon Mobil. Not so with Pebble Mine. Frankly,...continued

Happy Spring

Posted April 2, 2013 by Matt Skoglund

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The Chicago Cubs are undefeated, and we’ve recently been hit some by beautiful spring weather (though, in the name of fish, fire, fungi, and farming, I hope we get a good chunk of snow and rain in the next few...continued

Backyard Hockey Rinks, Citizen Scientists, and Climate Change

Posted February 25, 2013 by Matt Skoglund

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  Sunrise over Lake Nokomis at the 2013 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. (Photo by Jeff Cashman.)   A year ago, I wrote a blog entry about pond hockey and climate change. In that post, I discussed an alarming new study...continued

Great News: Judge Upholds Expanded Bison Habitat Outside Yellowstone National Park

Posted January 7, 2013 by Matt Skoglund

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        In a much-anticipated decision announced today, a Montana state judge upheld the State of Montana’s historic decision to give wild bison from Yellowstone National Park access to tens of thousands of acres of habitat north of the Park...continued

Yellowstone Wolves Killed

Posted December 13, 2012 by Matt Skoglund

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  Several wolves from Yellowstone National Park have been killed in wolf-hunts in the Northern Rockies this fall. Of the wolves killed, many wore radio collars, which researchers and wildlife managers use to monitor wolves and collect scientific data about them. Not...continued


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