McGregor Rhodes is a 31 year resident of Montana and has been active in conservation issues since arriving.
He lead the successful effort to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers from building another dam 10 miles below the Libby Dam and adding four more turbines to the Libby Dam. Of his efforts he says, "Our club then proceeded to protect the Kootenai Falls from a dam project which would have destroyed the last remaining great waterfall in the region. Our efforts saved the taxpayers and ratepayers of America $1.5 billion." He also volunteered to help qualify and pass a citizen`s initiative to keep the nuclear industry out of Montana in 1978. More recently, he has been involved in the efforts to pass I-143, which reformed the game farm industry.
McGregor has been recognized for his work on conservation issues. He accepted the President`s Award from the National Wildlife Federation in 1981 for "Outstanding and Distinguished Service in the Field of Natural Resource Management". Also, in 2003 he was awarded the Montana Wildlife Federation`s "Sportsman of the Year" Award for his dedication and contributions to the conservation of Montana fish and wildlife and the preservation of public hunting and fishing opportunities.
Of his professional and personal interest in conservation, he says, "During the last 31 years I`ve worked at farming, raising livestock, logging, tree thinning, planted 250,000 tree seedlings on Federal and private forests, built log and frame homes, poured concrete and currently work two jobs as a carpenter and property manager. I am also an avid hunter and sporting clays shooter."
His latest undertaking is to serve as a co-chairman of MCV`s newest chapter in Flathead County. We look forward to working with McGregor and the rest of our newly elected Chapter Officers this year!