UMOWA STAC Committee

John Chaffee, Committee Member

I grew up right here in the Missouri watershed and have spent my entire life recreating in Montana’s wild places.  After graduating from Helena High, I attended college at both MSU in Bozeman and UM in Missoula and finished with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.  I started my teaching career in the Flathead Valley but moved back to Helena a few years after to be closer to the Missouri River and prime elk country. I spent eight years as a special education teacher with the Helena school district, and recently took on a new adventure teaching at a country school in Canyon Creek.  A few years back I started working at Wolf Creek Angler during the summer and now I guide fly fishing trips on the Missouri.  I really enjoy the best of both worlds, teaching during the school year and spending my summers on the river.  Montana has been my home for the last 40 years and I know the importance of conserving its wild places so in the future others will be able to have the same recreational opportunities that I’ve been lucky to have enjoyed.

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