What We Do

Message from the chair: 

“From nature’s grandeur at Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park, to our visible human footprint at the Berkeley Pit in Butte, we are reminded that Montana’s resources are equally breathtaking and fragile. 

The Western Montana Conservation Commission was formed to protect the iconic aquatic resources west of the Continental Divide and to foster conversations for their protection. 

Now, more than ever, increasing pressures and competing interests on the landscape warrant a thoughtful and measured approach to growth. We must broker solutions that sustain our shared resources while supporting prosperous communities. Our level of impact will be deeply rooted in collaborative efforts with land managers and communities. Issues can be turned into opportunities.   

As the waters of western Montana converge and flow into Idaho from the Clark Fork River near Noxon, and the Kootenai River near Troy, we hope that our connected effort to protect our aquatic resources creates an investment in Montana’s future.” 

Mike Koopal
WMCC Chair
Executive Director – Whitefish Lake Institute