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.
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 interim conservation director Amy Robinson.
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.
President: Daphne Herling
Immediate Past President: Bert Lindler
Secretary: Julie Ellison
Treasurer: Mary Langenderfer
Chapter Representative: Patrick Marx
At-Large Board Members: Lori Alrawi, Lee Boman, Erin Clark, Vlad Kustanovich, Riley Egan, Mark Wetherington, Chris Ryan, Ken Brown, Gene Schade, Taylor Orr