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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

The Future of Whitebark Pine Trees in the West?

Posted September 26, 2014 by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Solving Global Warming, The Media and the Environment

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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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

A Bird Dog

Posted November 15, 2012 by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Elk season is almost over. And, after a few weekends of fruitless mountain-wandering in search of the mighty wapiti, it’s hard to think about anything else. Tan smoke; they can make you crazy. But I write to tell...continued

What Does Wild Bison Habitat in Montana Look Like?

Posted September 27, 2012 by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Wild bison in Yellowstone National Park   Yesterday, I provided an update on Montana’s historic proposal to give wild bison from Yellowstone National Park access to year-round habitat in Montana. Today, I’d like to show you what some of...continued

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

Posted September 26, 2012 by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  In July, I wrote about the State of Montana’s historic proposal to open a large chunk of the Gallatin National Forest west of Yellowstone National Park to year-round use by wild bison – as well as year-round use...continued

Piscatorial Powerlessness

Posted August 10, 2012 by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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  Two Saturdays ago, I hiked into a small stream in the Park to self-administer some backcountry-trout-stream therapy, which Yellowstone offers in abundance. It was a great day, and badly needed. Let me explain. In June, I was away...continued

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