About the Shining Mountains Chapter
From the Great Burn in the west to the Seeley-Swan Valley in the east, and south to the Bitterroots and the Sapphires, the Shining Mountains Chapter is working to ensure a wild future for western Montana. Our members get together for pint nights at local breweries, gather in homes for a monthly wilderness book club, plant beargrass to restore overused trails, and show up at public meetings to make sure agencies and politicians know that Montanans want to keep Montana wild.
Taking a break on the Stateline Trail above Cliff Lake in the Great Burn Recommended Wilderness (photo by Zack Porter)
How We Keep Montana Wild
Working for a Greater Great Burn
Spanning the rugged Montana/Idaho border between I-90 and Highway 12, the Great Burn is a 252,000-acre wonderland of open ridges, alpine lakes, gnarled whitebark, and old growth cedar. Our volunteers are working to shape future National Forest management to ensure it'll stay wild. We speak up at public meetings, host local events, and encourage people to visit Missoula's backyard wildlands. To get involved or to get your hands on the chapter's new Great Burn Wilderness Area Map, email Zack.
Wilderness Book Group
If you love wilderness, great company, and good books, this is the place for you. About a dozen of us gather monthly to talk about the book of the month, enjoy some laughs and conversation, and share stories from our own latest wilderness adventures. To learn more and join the fun, email Julie.
Looking out for Baker Lake
Baker Lake, an alpine retreat just 1 1/2 miles from the trailhead near Hamilton, sees lots of visitors...and needs lots of care. Our chapter is stepping up to help the Forest Service keep an eye on the area, pick up trash, and make sure this popular destination in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness stays as wild as possible. To lend a hand, email Renee.
President: Daphne Herling
Immediate Past President: Bert Lindler
Vice President: Martha Thayer
Secretary: Bob Hopkins
Treasurer: Steve Seninger
Council Representative: Julie Ellison
At-Large Board Members: Dan Harper, Lee Boman, Chris Ryan, Mary Langenderfer, Lori Alrawi, Renee Snyder, Robb Krehbiel, and Ellie Davis