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We work to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River ecosystem to benefit its wildlife and the people who enjoy it. We apply professional expertise and advocacy on behalf of worthy public policies to ensure the well-being of this valuable resource.
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Madison River Foundation Hires New Executive Director

C. Hans Figi, Executive Director for the Madison River Foundation

The Madison River Foundation's Board of Directors today announced that C. Hans Figi has been named Executive Director to succeed the retiring Richard Lessner. Lessner served as Executive Director since 2007. Figi assumed the duties of Executive Director in January 2014.

Figi has worked as fundraising and development consultant for a number of non-profit organizations. He previously served as Development Director of the historic Charterhouse School in Surrey, England, and Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland.

Figi is very familiar with the Madison River ecosystem, having previously worked for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition in Bozeman. He also served on the Board of the Montana Outdoor Science School and once worked as guide for the Telluride (Colorado) Mountaineering School. He owns a home in Bozeman. Figi attended high school in Switzerland and was graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, MN in 1979 with a B.A. degree in Economics.

After an extensive search, Hans Figi was selected from among more than 40 applicants as the Foundation's new Executive Director. Foundation directors conducted more than 20 interviews with potential candidates.

"We are delighted that we were able to recruit someone of Hans's background and qualifications for the position of Executive Director," Foundation President David Bricker said. "He is especially interested in maintaining and building positive collaborations with all who have an interest in the well-being of the Madison River. We believe Hans has the right combination of skills and experience working with non-profit organizations to help lead the Foundation and build upon the progress we've made in recent years."

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MRF 10th Anniversary video

The Madison River: the legendary 100-mile riffle . . . a world famous river . . . spectacular scenery . . . abundant wildlife . . . Montana’s premier wild trout fishery. From its headwaters in Yellowstone National Park to its confluence with the mighty Missouri, the Madison River flows through history, imagination, and memories.

Founded in 2003, the Madison River Foundation is an advocate for the Madison amid the challenges of rapid residential and population growth, commercial development, increasing recreational use and the traditional Western competition over scarce water resources. We strive to work collaboratively with all those who live, work, and recreate on this storied river and its related watershed.

Based in Ennis, Montana, the Madison River Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit membership organization incorporated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are supported by the generous contributions of members, foundations and area businesses.

The Foundation has a dual focus:

  • In its advocacy role, the Foundation seeks to be “a voice for the river” in the public arena, advocating worthy public and regulatory policies based on sound science.
  • In its conservation role, the Foundation funds and provides labor for a variety of conservation-oriented projects through its “Boots in the Water” volunteer corps.
MRF members on the stream

MRF members invest their time, effort and resources in the Madison River Foundation for two simple reasons:

  1. To keep the Madison River ecosystem a healthy and productive resource.
  2. To bring a local focus on issues and concerns specific to the Madison River watershed.


Thursday - April 24, 2014

Today's Madison Flow
at Varney Bridge

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Meet our Board of Directors

Officers & Staff

  • Officers
  • President: Dave Bricker
  • Secretary: Joe Dilschneider
  • Treasurer: Jeff Montag
  • Directors
  • Sherri Shows
  • James Goetz, Esq.
  • Bruce Richards
  • Namcy DiMeola
  • Joe Dilschneider
  • Mark Petroni
  • Storrs Bishop
  • Staff
  • Executive Director: C. Hans Figi
  • Assistant Treasurer: Diane Bricker

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