About the Madison River Foundation

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What We Do
Based in Ennis, Montana, the Madison River Foundation Inc. Is a non-profit membership organization with tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We are supported by the voluntary contribution of members, friends and donors to preserve, protect and enhance the Madison River to benefit.  
  • The Foundation’s advocacy is based on sound science and best practices to ensure this valuable resource is preserved for future generations.
  • Annual events are held throughout the year to raise awareness and promote community amongst Madison River homeowners, visitors, recreationist, children and anybody else that is passionate about protecting our natural resources.
  • Stream restoration, habitat enhancements, aquatic invasive species monitoring, water quality analysis, fish rescues and more projects are define MRF as a “boots in the water” organization.
We are extremely grateful for our knowledgable, generous, passionate and hardworking volunteers and members that make the Madison River Foundation a successful non-profit dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the Madison River.

Staff

Lauren Wittorp, Executive Director

Lauren Wittorp is a life long conservationist and fly fisherman passionate about conserving, protecting and restoring America’s rivers to ensure they remain for future generations. She’s been fishing the waters of Southwest Montana since she was kid. She has worked on numerous campaigns throughout the country, including for multiple organizations here in the Treasure State. Most recently, she worked to elect pro-environment candidates at NextGen Climate. Prior to that, she worked as the advocacy manager for Trout Unlimited National where she advocated for policies that impacted coldwater fisheries on the local, state and federal levels.

To contact Lauren directly: lauren@madisonriverfoundation.org

 

 

Pamela Kimmey, Executive Assistant

To contact Pamela directly: pamela@madisonriverfoundation.org

Chelsea Pardo, AmeriCorps Big Sky Watershed Corp Member

To contact Chelsea directly: chelsea@madisonriverfoundation.org

Board of Directors

Tim Bozorth, President

Tim Bozorth grew up fishing streams and lakes in WA, OR, CA, NV, ID, MT, WY, and BC. He has a BA degree in Biology from The University of California at Berkeley. Tim worked in water resources for NOAA, USGS, and as a hydrologist and fisheries biologist and riparian specialist at BLM for 25 years. He has taught courses and given numerous presentations regarding riparian enhancement projects on public lands with the public. Reviewing timber sales, mining plans of operation, watershed assessments and grazing management plans have been an integral part of positions held.

Tim was appointed by the DOI to work on the team revising the BLM mining regulations. In addition he worked at various times in the BLM’s Washington Office, working on water quality and watershed management issues. The last ten years of his career served as the Field Manager for BLM in Dillon, MT, where a major initiative was the enhancement of recreation management of BLM lands and fishing access sites along the Madison River.

Tim has been fishing the Madison since 1972 and moved to Montana in 1978. He has been married for 39 years and has two sons and four grandchildren that all reside in Southwest Montana.

Jackie Mathews, Vice President

Jackie Mathews and her husband Craig moved to West Yellowstone, Montana in 1979 where Jackie was a police dispatcher. They founded the world famous Blue Ribbon Flies in 1980 that they sold in 2014.

Jackie has served on the board of the Montana Nature Conservancy, Madison/Gallatin Wild Trout Foundation, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Yellowstone Park Foundation where she was the chair of the Grants Committee, Citizens Road Alliance and still serves on the Stewardship Directors Board of Montana Trout Unlimited.

Jackie and Craig have won numerous conservation awards for their work such as “Protector of Yellowstone National Park Award” presented by the Park, both The Nature Conservancy and Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s coveted “Business Conservation of the Year” Award and the Federation of Fly Fisher “Lee Wulff Award”. In addition the 2011 Trout Unlimited “Stream Champion” and Madison River Foundation’s “Guardian of the Madison” in 2009. Jackie and Craig spearheaded the Madison River’s $3 Bridge Campaign and were given a conservation award by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks at the project’s completion.

Jackie and Craig co-founded 1% For the Planet an alliance of businesses donating 1% of their gross sales to conservation causes. To date 1% FTP has donated over $150 million. Jackie enjoys fishing for wild and native trout in Yellowstone country’s rivers like the Madison, Firehole and Henry’s Fork. Jackie feels, “the best thing about living in Yellowstone and being in the fly fishing business for nearly 40 years are the people we work with and friends we meet daily in the shop as well as the wild trout and wild place we live in”.

Beth Hageman, Treasurer

Beth Hageman worked in the accounting field for 18 years with Zuegner & Byrne, CPA and Flegal, CPA. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona with a specialization in accounting. Beth’s work experience ranges from nonprofit audits, individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns, financial statements, and managing small businesses and their financial concerns. The experience has been instrumental in her ability, as the current MRF treasurer, to guide the Foundation through its first financial audit and the completion of reviewed financial statements.

Beth became an advocate and volunteer for conservation groups, including MRF, and used her time and talents to further the cause of preserving the quality of the environment. The protection and enhancement of the Madison River is her focus and passion, and she would will continue to implement projects that further this endeavor.

Jim Dawson, Director

Jim Dawson has been attempting to trick fish in the Madison River for over 40 years. As a teenager, Jim would trade flies to fund his fishing trips to the Madison.  His wife, Dana, and her family would also spend summers in the Madison Valley. Although they would not meet until years later, their place near the $3 bridge has become theirs and their four children’s favorite place in the universe to return to.

Jim’s career has been in the high tech industry as an executive, an investor, and now as an entrepreneur in a new venture he co-founded.  During his career he and his family have lived in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the UK, during which he rarely missed the opportunity to find the salmon fly hatch below Varney Bridge. He has twice been on the podium of the New York Stock Exchange to ring in successful IPOs, and he currently serves on a number of boards of directors.

Jim is active in supporting environmental organizations, especially those where clean air, water, animals, and fish are involved. He loves the Madison River where he can occasionally be spotted at night perfecting the world’s greatest mouse fly.

Terry Quirk, Director

A life-long love of fishing led Terry and his wife, Cynthia, to retire in the Madison Valley. However, before that, his life had a few adventures. From his teens, Terry was a rock and roll musician and song writer graduating from college with a degree in music. Disenchanted with the music “Business”, Terry decided to enter law enforcement starting with work as a federal criminal investigator in Detroit, Michigan. Terry then moved to the Rocky Mountains where he has pretty much resided ever since. First, he worked in Aspen, Colorado-ending up as the chief of police. He and Cynthia moved back briefly to his home state of Michigan before returning to Colorado. Terry had his own international security company which focused on fraud and mine security. In Colorado, they lived in Evergreen, Steamboat Springs and Loveland where Terry was the Security Manager for Amgen’s Colorado facilities.

Retirement allowed Terry and Cynthia’s long planned move to their log home on the Madison River. Now Terry spends his time as a fishing guide and working with Cynthia managing their business, Madison River Rentals. Their daughter, Bailey, works at the Madison Valley Medical Center and their son-in-law, Ryan, works as a paramedic in Bozeman. That gives Terry and Cynthia plenty of time with their grandson, Corbin. Son Stephen and his wife, Stephanie, both work and live in Bozeman. Youngest son, Jon, works for HP in Fort Collins, Colorado. Terry has fished the Madison yearly for over thirty years and as property owner and Board of Director member in the Madison River Ranch, wrote and successfully implemented a grant with FWP and the Madison River Ranch for a stream feeding into the Madison. This improved spawning habitat for trout at the onset of the Whirling Disease event in the Madison River. His long time passion for the Madison River and his schedule allow him to pursue his interest in working with the Madison River Foundation to assist in creating a legacy for his children and grandchildren.

Mike Elliott, Director

Mike Elliott, who is commonly known around the Madison Valley as “Dirty Mike,” has been a licensed Montana guide for nearly a decade, and passed his outfitter exam earlier this spring.

His passion for fly fishing started long before he turned it into a career. He spent his childhood tying flies and exploring Northwest Montana on his pedal bike, fishing pole in hand. He graduated from Polson High School, and found his way to the Beartooth Wilderness and Yellowstone National Park guiding back country hunting and fishing trips.

He moved to Ennis in 2011, and has spent every year since learning the ins and outs of the Madison River. In the off season, Mike is busy hunting everything from birds to big game. He also does ranch work, spending his days with cows, calves and his horses – he has a connection with agriculture, and his experience with ranch work adds another level to his love of the Madison Valley. Having cows, not condos, is beneficial to our valley. Mike  prioritizes the health of the watershed, including fish, wildlife and the ecosystem as a whole. It’s important to preserve and protect the wildlife and habitat in the west – the Madison Valley is a special place, and anyone who loves this area should commit time to conservation efforts. Times are changing, and we need to make sure we don’t lose sight of what is truly important with our watershed.

Jim Slattery, Director

As Owner and Operator of Campfire Lodge Resort Jim Slattery’s sense of stewardship of the Madison River is driven home every day. The beauty and wonderment of this pristine river is ever in the forefront, as is the delicate balance of nature in man’s hand. The Madison River is deeply ingrained into Jim’s being, in a sense the river flows through him on its journey to the sea. The micro worlds that are the whole of the Greater Madison Valley are as interesting as the people who love, live and visit faithfully this wonderful slice of Montana.

Previous to owning the Campfire Lodge, Jim was a musician, father, Nationals qualifying roller hockey team coach, carpenter, furniture and cabinet maker and lead supervisor for XM Satellite Radio Trade Shows, which included booth design, fabrication, logistics, show set up, show management, tear down, and warehousing.  As trade show supervisor, Jim worked hand in hand with upper management of XM, various labor unions and the design/fabrication team.