PO Box 239

Emigrant, MT 59027


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© 2016 Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group


Montana's Water Future


To understand and conserve the Upper Yellowstone watershed, including its agriculture, open space, rural character, wildlife, fisheries, natural resources, and recreational use while protecting private property rights.

Focus and Membership

The UYWG focuses its efforts on the watershed of the Upper Yellowstone River from Yellowstone National Park and the town of Gardiner downstream to Carter’s Bridge north of Livingston, Montana (Map).

Our core membership are the working lands operations, whether owners, operators, leasers, renters, or tenants. We welcome all interested citizens who support the goals of the UYWG and live within the watershed boundaries (Map).


The Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group (UYWG) works through consensus-based collaboration among the stakeholders of the Upper Yellowstone River watershed to enhance watershed health and the regional economy. Its goals are to:

  1. Preserve production agriculture and the open space it provides by promoting a stewardship approach to watershed management.

  2. Protect and respect private property rights.

  3. Provide dependable and accessible information through collection and dissemination of scientifically sound monitoring and assessment data.

  4. Maintain and preserve the overall health of the watershed by developing best practices, seeking innovative solutions, and working to improve drought response and preparedness.

  5. Lead community education and outreach efforts on watershed-related issues.

  6. Provide a collective ‘voice for the watershed’ through the exchange of ideas and response to issues.