Meet the man who’s spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources

Posted at 4:54 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 18:54:06-04

Considered to be the father of hunting ethics in the nation, Jim Posewitz has spent a lifetime conserving Montana’s natural resources and he hopes that future generations will carry on that fight.

Posewitz has advocated for Montana’s outdoor conservation and now through a new memoir he hopes to pass those lessons to future generations.

“When we talk about the things that most Montanans value, it is the things we failed to exploit, the things we have nurtured, preserved and restored that give us our greatest sense of pride — a Montana with wild places for the next generation to be young in,” Posewitz said.

Posewitz worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for more than 30 years where he helped protect many of the Treasure State’s famed rivers and open spaces.

‘Just reinforces the importance of standing up and fighting for those things you value, because you will come to a point in life where those memories are all that you got,” Posewitz said.

Today, Posewitz believes we will need to learn from the past in order to preserve Montana’s outdoors in the future.

“When we study Montana history we learn more about the guys who left us the Berkeley Pit than we do about the guy who gave us the Lincoln Scapegoat, or protected the Rocky Mountain Front or restored wild trout to the headwaters of the Missouri,” Posewitz said.

Posewitz refers to a quote by his conservation hero Teddy Roosevelt as to why Montana’s outdoor heritage is so important.

“And he says we did these things, talking about setting aside public lands, we did this thing for the economic well-being of the people,” Posewitz said. “But there was more, because these things add to the beauty of living and the joy of life.

Posewitz is the author of five books.