Mission: Preserve, Protect, Enhance

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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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MRF Names Liz Jacques as New Executive Director

Liz Jacques, Executive Director, MRF

The Madison River Foundation's Board of Directors today announced that Liz Jacques has been hired as the organization's new Executive Director. Ms. Jacques succeeds C. Hans Figi who resigned in July to pursue other opportunities.

Ms. Jacques currently teaches science in Waycross, GA and serves on the Board of Directors of the Satilla River Alliance, a non-profit conservation organization based in Woodbine, Georgia.

Ms. Jacques, however, has longtime ties to the Madison River Valley dating from the 1970s and has owned a home in Ennis since 2003. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Education from Valdosta State University.

"We are delighted Liz has agreed to assume the position of Executive Director of the Madison River Foundation," said Joe Dilschneider, president of the Foundation. "She brings to the position a solid foundation of experience working with a watershed conservation organization, local ties, and a real passion for preserving and protecting the Madison River and its related ecosystem. The Board of Directors believes the Foundation will prosper and grow under her leadership."

"I cannot be more excited to be moving to Ennis permanently and working with the Madison River Foundation. The Madison watershed rivals any place on Earth for its beauty and recreational opportunities so we must protect it for future generations to enjoy. I look forward to working with the community to keep this rare gem pristine," Liz said.

Ms. Jacques will assume her duties on January 5, 2015. Currently, Richard Lessner is serving as interim Executive Director.


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The Madison River: a 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.

MRF 10-year Celebration Video

View our 10th anniversary video sponsored by Blue Ribbon Flies and featuring the spectacular photography of Ken Hall.

Patience, viewer - the video may take a while to load. After all, we took ten years to get here, too . . . !

MRF 10th Anniversary video

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Thursday - December 18, 2014

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at Varney Bridge

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Meet our Board of Directors

Officers & Staff

  • Officers
  • President: Joe Dilschneider
  • Secretary: To Be Announced
  • Treasurer: Jeff Montag
  • Directors
  • Brian Barker
  • Ray Clark
  • Nancy DiMeola
  • James Goetz, Esq.
  • Mark Petroni
  • Bruce Richards
  • Sherri Shows
  • Staff
  • Executive Director: Liz Jacques

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