MNCF is a conservation organization made up of anglers, hikers, hunters, paddlers & others who are dedicated to the enjoyment & ethical use of our natural resources.

Since 1936 the Minnesota Conservation Federation (MNCF) has been an advocate for the natural resources of our great state. The organization has long been a coalition facilitator bringing together voices from across the conservation community to engage in education, policy, and on the ground projects for the benefit of the states natural resources.

Minnesota Conservation Federation is the states independent affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. This affiliation puts us in touch with NWF staff at the Regional and National level along with all 52 state and territorial affiliates that form the One Federation Family.

Minnesota Conservation Federation is federally recognized 501C3 organization.

Our Mission:

MNCF is a coalition of individuals, groups, and communities dedicated to outdoor recreation and the conservation and ethical use of Minnesota’s natural resources by all, for all, with all.

MNCF Staff

Brad Gausman- Executive Director 

Brad has been the Executive Director of MNCF since June of 2020. Prior to this role he served as treasurer for MNCF and program coordinator for the Conservation Leadership Corps program. He holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Hamline University in St. Paul MN. Prior to working with MNCF he spent time flipping pancakes at Al’s Breakfast in Minneapolis and worked several years in retail specializing in stereo and turntable sales. 

Brad lives in Hermantown Minnesota with his wife Amelia, son Harvey, and daughter Tallulah.  He enjoys visiting his family’s cabin in central Minnesota and exploring the rivers and lakes near home and points statewide. Deer hunting and ice fishing are two of his favorite reasons to be outside.