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Since the early 1960s, the Club has supported numerous wildlife studies as part of its continuing commitment to conservation. Member Aldo Leopold, widely acknowledged as the "father" of modern wildlife management, set early standards for the Club’s emphasis on research and education. Since the mid-1980’s, the problem of sustainable development, the process of making resource use consistent with present and future needs, has become an increasing concern of Club members.

A visiting student attending the Lee and Penny Anderson Conservation Education Program on the TRMR learns about Water Quality Monitoring through a hands on demonstration with a dissolved oxygen testing process.

Dynamic and evolving, the conservation program continues to test convention and look for new solutions to ever-changing challenges. The Club’s K-12 Conservation education program, the Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation Program at the University of Montana, and the William I. Spencer Grants-In-Aid Program demonstrate the Club’s commitment to conservation research, education, and demonstration.

The future of our world depends on the choices people make. Education is a key factor in what those choices are. The Boone and Crockett Conservation Education Program strives to offer perspectives that will foster shared use of natural resources, conservation, sustainable development, and stewardship of the land to build a common ground for sustaining healthy ecosystems.

The Boone and Crockett Wildlife Conservation Program is focused primarily on the integration of wildlife conservation and private land management. This program includes research, extension of information, teaching, and documentation. The Boone and Crockett Wildlife Conservation Program also supports graduate students in wildlife conservation and related fields through its Fellow Program.

The William I. Spencer Conservation Grants Program supports critical research required by managers. Conservation Grants differ from other wildlife funding sources in that it invites applications from graduate students, and funds their work directly. It helps aspiring young wildlife students to get started-including many who go on to develop professional careers of distinction and significant accomplishment. The Conservation GrantsProgram has seeded the careers of some of the profession’s brightest and best.

Last updated March 8, 2012

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