About the Wyoming Wildlife Federation

Federal Tax ID - 23-7002578

Who we are:

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation (WWF), founded in 1937, is the oldest and largest sportsmen advocacy and conservation organization in the state. Our mission is simple: to protect and enhance habitat, perpetuate quality hunting and fishing opportunities, and conserve and promote America's public lands and recreational opportunities in Wyoming.

What we provide:

  • WWF champions species conservation through important collaborations and government relations such as the efforts for the Greater sage-grouse, which saw an important victory in 2015 with the decision not to list the iconic bird on the Endangered Species List.
  • WWF is a highly effective organization and leads efforts for the conservation community to join together to provide constructive comments on resource management plans that impact wildlife.
  • WWF also plays an important role in helping draft recommendations by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for managing Wyoming's wildlife resources and engaging WWF members in the process. Just recently, WWF was a leader in crafting definitions for big game migration habitats in Wyoming. Migration routes put deer and elk at the right place for forage at the right time of year; these prime habitats are vital to healthy wildlife populations. Wintering grounds, calving areas, and other defining characteristics of migration habitats will now be universal for land use management decisions and when it comes such as impacts as oil and gas development and other activities.
  • WWF also serves as the voice for sportsmen and women by providing testimony to the Wyoming Legislature. More than 75 years since the organization's founding, the primary focus of WWF remains: to conserve wildlife, habitat and outdoor opportunities.
For more information or to view awards, visit us at:

-WWF Conservation Award Recipients

-WWF Website - http://www.wyomingwildlife.org/

-Social Media - http://www.wyomingwildlife.org/ht/d/sp/i/60378/pid/60378

Wyoming Wildlife Federation Staff

Executive Director
Chamois Andersen
(307) 438-1724

Chamois Andersen was hired as Executive Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation in December of 2015. Previously, she served as publications and communications manager for the Wyoming State Geological Survey (2011-2015). During 2008-2011, she was communications manger for the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the University of Wyoming. Her natural resource agency work includes head of communications for the Marine Region for the California Department of Fish and Game (2000-2005) and public information officer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife (1998-2000).

Chamois began her career as an environment and outdoor beat reporter working for various weekly and daily newspapers in Colorado. She also served as Principal of Natural Resource Communications (2005-2008), which included a major contract with Island Press (Washington D.C.) for a United Nations campaign, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, which involved 1,360 scientists from 95 countries. Chamois has facilitated wildlife media panels and has presented on wildlife management and conflicts to the public. She has also taught a UW communications course for natural resource professionals.

Steve Kilpatrick - Field Scientist
(307) 413-7249

Steve lives in Jackson, Wyoming where he has resided and raised three children for the past 27 years. He grew up in Nebraska and earned a BS and MS in Wildlife Management from the University of Nebraska. His passion for wildlife and the backcountry come from working as a habitat biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for the past 33 years in the Torrington and Jackson areas. Steve is a member of several conservation and professional organizations and has been frequently recognized for his collaborative team building efforts. He engages in the plethora of outdoor amenities offered in the Jackson area: horse packing, hunting, hiking, back country skiing, rafting, and camping. His personal goal is to sleep on the ground 5-6 weeks and cover several hundred miles on mule/horseback per year. His professional goals are to continue representing our silent constituents (wildlife), and conserve the future of our natural resources by advocating for habitat integrity and youth involvement.

Field Director
Joy Bannon
(307) 335-8633

Joy lives in Lander, Wyoming with her husband Aaron. She grew up in Iowa where she gained her appreciation for nature through the back woods of Sioux City. Joy received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming through an inter-disciplinary program in Environment and Natural Resources as well as Political Science. Recently, she accepted to participate in Leadership Wyoming for the Class of 2010. Aaron and Joy like to take long hikes, camp, fish, climb and enjoy the state's diverse landscape. As Field Director for WWF, she works for access, to maintain the health of our wild lands, air and water, and for outdoor enthusiasts, sportsmen, and wildlife watchers so we can enjoy our public lands now and in the future.

Business Administrator
Dot Newton
(307) 287-0129
Dot Newton joined WWF in 2013 as the Business Administrator.  She grew up in Laramie and has lived for many years in Lander, after stints in Washington state and Colorado.  She has spent most of her career working on environmental issues, specializing in recycling and solid waste.  Her non-profit and business backgrounds provide a great skill set that are utilized by WWF in many aspects.  Her focus is on updating membership lists, fundraising efforts, running the office and other tasks.

Wyoming Wildlife Federation Board Members:

Dave Moody (President)

Dave has been a Wyoming resident for over 33 years. He is married to Melody and has two children, Shannon and Justin, and one grandchild, Madeline. Mel and Dave live in Lander along with two horses and two hunting dogs. Dave received his Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wyoming in 1976. He is a conservation professional, who has served in a variety of positions with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, including: Terrestrial Wildlife Biologist in Baggs (1977-1987), Regional Wildlife Management Coordinator in Jackson (1987-1993), Regional Wildlife Management Coordinator in Lander (1993-present). Dave oversees most aspects of data collection, analysis, and management plan development for grizzly bears, black bears, and mountain lions. Dave has been a member of WWF since 1978. He received the WWF Conservationist of the Year Award from the Federation in 1983 and 1984 for his efforts to protect crucial wintering ranges for antelope and served on the WWF Board of Directors from 1989 to 1992. He is an avid hunter, fisherman, and mediocre golfer. Dave belongs to several professional organizations which include the Wildlife Society, International Bear Association, and Wyoming Game and Fish Biologists Association. He is also a member of several environmental organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy.

Bill Alldredge (Vice President)

Bill lives in Thermopolis, Wyoming, where he resides along Owl Creek some 25 miles northwest of town, with his horses and mules and two Golden Retrievers. He has a son, Matthew, who is a wildlife researcher, and two grandsons - Brennen and Mason. His daughter, Joalie, is a teacher. He has been involved with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation since the 1980's. Bill spent a rewarding 30 year career as an educator and wildlife researcher in the Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology at Colorado State University. He retains Professor Emeritus status in that Department where he also served as Chair of the Wildlife Major. An avid bow hunter, bird hunter, and fly fisher, Bill also enjoys birding, retriever training and packing. He remains professionally active and is a member of The Wildlife Society and the American Society of Mammalogists. In addition to the Wyoming Wildlife Federation Board, Bill is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Project Advisory Committee, the Governor's Non-point Source Pollution Task Force and the Big Horn Basin Sage Grouse Working Group. Bill is devoted to working for wild things, wild places and the people who enjoy them.

Richard Oblak

Rich has lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the last 23 years. He recently retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years of active duty service. Rich has two boys - Kevin, 20 and Brian, 17 along with a stepdaughter, MacKenzie, 8. Rich's interest for the outdoors began with fishing trips with his father and grandfather on the banks of Lake Michigan in Illinois and has become an avid big game and waterfowl hunter since his arrival in Wyoming in 1986. He now enjoys trips to the field with his sons, stepdaughter, and wife, Betsy.

Reg Rothwell (NWF Affiliate Representative)

Reg Rothwell received his Bachelor's degree in Pre-Medicine from Westminster College in 1971. He received his Master's degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wyoming in 1977. He retired in June 2010 after serving several positions in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department including Special Projects Biologist, Region Wildlife Biologist for SE Wyoming, Staff Biologist in Cheyenne, and Supervisor of Biological Services. He chaired the All Wildlife Committee of the Wyoming Governor's Big Game License Coalition, the Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Committee, The Wyoming Black-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Team, and the WLCI Science Committee. Reg received the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director's Award in 2002. He is an avid hunter, hiker and skier. His WWF interests include growing its membership, strengthening the Federation's relationship and collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the federal land management agencies, providing better information to the public on conservation issues and the WWF's position on and involvement in those issues.

Janet Marschner 

Janet lives in Cheyenne, WY, where she spends time with her horses, miniature donkey and several dogs and cats. She has had a rewarding 30 year career as a General Contractor/Real Estate Developer and a CPA.  An avid big game hunter, bird hunter, fly fisherwoman, and trap shooter, Janet also enjoys spending time with her horse Prairie in the WY backcountry.  She is an active member of the Wyoming community serving on several non-profit boards and volunteers as a Hunter Education Instructor for WY Game & Fish and travels globally for Habitat for Humanity.  Janet is devoted to mentoring youth in enjoying Wyoming's outdoors.  She is an advocate for Wyoming's wildlife and public lands for future generations to enjoy hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Chuck Butterfield

Conservation is a state of harmony between man and land - Aldo Leopold.

Without habitat we have no wildlife.  Development is going to occur whether we like it or not.  My goal in returning to Wyoming is to make a difference and mitigate this development so that we can still have wild places and meet our growing world's needs in a responsible manner.  Remember farmers and ranchers are the largest wildlife habitat managers in the world.  If we work with them to do it right, we all win!

Brianna Jones

Wyoming's wide open spaces has been a passion for Bri since her early childhood in Wheatland. She's a 2009 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BA in International Studies and Political Science. She's worked across the country with various organizations and campaigns before returning to her home state in 2015 to head up the Equality State Policy Center. In her spare time, you'll find Bri enjoying the Wyoming outdoors and dabbling in photography and she takes every opportunity to travel the world. Bri also serves on the board of the National Wildlife Federation representing Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Blake Balzan

Blake BaltzanBlake has called Wyoming home for his entire life, born in Laramie and raised in Wheatland. He earned his BS in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from the University of Wyoming in 2015.  Blake returned to Wheatland & continues to dabble in Agriculture. His passion for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors keeps him exploring throughout Wyoming.

Shane Cross

Shane CrossShane Cross serves as Trout Unlimited's Western Energy Counsel. He was raised on his family's cattle ranch near the Laramie Mountains in Wyoming, received a BA in Sociology from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Virginia School of Law. Following law school, Shane practiced as a litigation attorney at Holme, Roberts, and Owen LLP, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Wyoming. Prior to law school, Shane managed a cow/calf operation in Southeastern Wyoming, worked in Nepal as a volunteer legal assistant advocating for human and environmental rights, and was a National Outdoor Leadership School instructor. Shane embraces opportunities to work closely with ranchers, land managers, sportsmen, and the energy industry to promote healthy and sustainable communities in the West.

Phoebe Stoner

Phoebe StonerHaving a background in biology and a love for the natural world, Phoebe moved to Wyoming for its open spaces, wildlife, and unique ecology. Environmental education is what brought her to Jackson in 2012, and she has since grown keen on grassroots activism and community organizing. She resides in Hoback with her boyfriend Mike and pudelpointer Sota and is a proud female hunter and angler.

Siva Sundaresan
Siva SundaresanSiva is a wildlife biologist with a passion for using good science to achieve effective wildlife conservation. He worked for several years on wildlife conservation and research projects in Asia and Africa. Siva moved to and settled in Jackson, Wyoming with his wife and two young sons because of everything that makes Wyoming special: open spaces, access to public lands, and abundant wildlife. He is excited to work with other board members and staff at WWF to best protect wildlife in Wyoming. Siva holds a PhD in Ecology from Princeton University and maintains an affiliate faculty position with the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University.

Mac Black (Affiliate Director)


Mac lives in Powell, Wyoming. He has three children and eight grandchildren. Mac was raised on a cattle ranch near Grand Junction, Colorado. He graduated in 1967 from Colorado State University. Mac started his career with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as a Game Warden in 1967. During his 38-year career, he has been stationed in Riverton, Daytona, Rawlins, Ten Sleep, and Powell. His 25 years in the Powell District included the Sunlight Basin and Beartooth Mountain Range with a wide diversity of wildlife to protect and manage. He retired in 2005, but is active in the Shoshone Back Country Horsemen, Powell Valley Recycling, the Wyoming Game Warden's Association, and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation. The main reason Mac wants to be on the WWF Board is to represent sportsmen. maintain public access, and secure hunting opportunity. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.

Steve Martin (Affiliate Director)

National Wildlife Federation:

Lew Carpenter (Regional Representative)
2995 Baseline Rd, Suite 300
Boulder, CO 80303
(303) 441-5164

Kathy Hadley (Western Vice Chair)
Montana Wildlife Federation
1016 Eastside Road
Deer Lodge, MT 59722

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