Montana Wilderness Association

Our mission

Work with communities to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations.

Our vision

We envision a future where from the rugged mountains to the vast prairies Montana’s wild places are protected, connected, and restored because the citizens of our state value wilderness as essential to our heritage and way of life.

Our history

For more than 50 years, Montana Wilderness Association has been working with communities across the state to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions. It’s a mission that began in 1958 when our founders, Ken and Florence Baldwin, sent a letter to 100 friends, inviting them to join a citizen-led effort to protect the Madison and Gallatin Ranges. Since that time, our commitment to grassroots conservation has proved instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act and in the designation of all 15 wilderness areas in Montana. We currently have more than 5,500 members.

About the Flathead Kootenai Chapter

Here in the world renowned Crown of the Continent — home to grizzlies, wolverine, lynx, old growth cedar forests, and snowcapped peaks — we’re working to ensure that area wildlands continue to benefit our communities, economies, and visitors long into the future. We host speaker series and community picnics, organize business forums, work with recreators of all stripes to shape forest management, and encourage residents and visitors to check out all northwest Montana has to offer.