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. Minnesota Conservation Federation has federally recognized 501C3 tax-exempt status.

We have been the Minnesota affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation since our founding. Our affiliation is mutually beneficial as we work to develop national and global conservation policy.

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.

Meet the MNCF Board

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, daughter Tallulah, and dog Lena.  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 tow of his favorite reasons to be outside.