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Jack Potter Award 2020 Goes to Bear Conflict Manager Tim Manley

April 10, 2020

Headwaters Montana is proud to announce the recipient of the Jack Potter Glacier NationalPark Stewardship Award established to help promote stewardship of Glacier Park's spectacular natural resources. Kalispell resident and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks "bear manager" Tim Manley will receive the award. The award consists of a hand-blown glass trophy of a water ouzel (American dipper) donated by Bigfork glass artist Lee Proctor and a cash award of $200.

If we named one individual who has been the heart and face of Grizzly recovery in northwest Montana, it would be Tim. Tim has been on the front lines of the effort to ease Grizzlies back from the brink of extinction in Montana. Tim worked tirelessly to help residents and visitors on the perimeter of Glacier Park learn how to 'live with Grizzlies.' In doing so he helped elevate Grizzlies to the special status they enjoy today in Montana. In doing so, he also helped assure a healthy population of Grizzlies in Glacier and the surrounding ecosystem.

Tim has served with MFP for 30 years starting in research with woodland caribou and black bears, progressing eventually to his long-held position and Montana's first "Bear Management Specialist". He pioneered remote sensing techniques that included the development and wide deployment of the "Manley Camera," a remote camera system that has aided wildlife research across the globe.

Tim began his stint at Grizzly Bear Manager in 1993, just two years before trophy hunting of the threatened Grizzlies ended. He pioneered "aversive conditioning" techniques that taught bears that got into conflict with people to avoid campgrounds, cabins and other human attractants. In addition, over the last ten years he created and managed the Cabinet Mountain Grizzly augmentation program that is helping repatriate bears to that wilderness area. In 2003, local author Douglas H. Chadwick featured Tim in his popular book, "True Griz."

Throughout his career, Tim has exemplified public service, demonstrated a deep dedication to science and direct public engagement, and earned the respect of private landowners, legislators, and his colleagues in Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The Jack Potter Award is really about taking a courageous stand for stewardship of Glacier's natural resources - whether they roam inside or outside the park, in the case of Grizzlies. Each recipient of the award has acted above and beyond the call of duty. As a research scientist and wildlife manager, Tim has put in the hours, the blood, sweat and maybe even the occasional tear to make Grizzly recovery in Glacier and beyond the stunning success that it has been.

Readers interested in reading more about the Stewardship Award or who wish to nominate an individual or organization can visit the Headwaters Montana website at The 2020 nomination period is open until October 31, 2020.

Thanks, Tim, for your outstanding work over these many years! Congratulations!