• A summer virga over the Little Belt Mountains and Middle Fork Judith River WSA.

What’s New

Home What's New
Photo by Patrick Colleran
Florence and Ken Baldwin at Gates of the Mountains, near the wilderness area they helped designate

Florence and Ken Baldwin at Gates of the Mountains, near the wilderness area they helped designate

In 1958, husband and wife Ken and Florence Baldwin wrote a letter to 100 friends across Montana inviting them to Bozeman to discuss the support they could give to a Congressional bill creating a national system of wilderness areas.

MWA President Lee Boman presenting award to Dan Bennett (photo by Eric Heidle)

MWA President Lee Boman presenting award to Dan Bennett (photo by Eric Heidle)

Each year at Wild Fest, MWA honors several people for the work they’ve done championing wilderness, promoting quiet trails, and advocating for responsible management of public lands. We presented the 2016 Brass Lantern Awards to seven people this year. 

The Whitefish Range (photo by Steve Gnam)

The Whitefish Range (photo by Steve Gnam)

We recently teamed up with northwest Montana’s literary and arts journal The Whitefish Review to host two poetry readings that celebrated special places in the Flathead National Forest. 

Indian paint brush and backpackers in the Crazies (photo by Roger Jenkins)

Indian paint brush and backpackers in the Crazies (photo by Roger Jenkins)

First came black skies, then thunder, and then lightning bolts less than a half-mile away, reverberating in the cirque in which we were camped. Next came wind, driving rain, a bit of hail, and finally sleet. Lots of it. 

Looking out over Frenchman Breaks (photo by Tyler Courville)

Looking out over Frenchman Breaks (photo by Tyler Courville)

The prairie reveals its startling beauty to those who go in search of it. 

Searching for fossils at Sand Arroyo (photo by Mark Good)

Searching for fossils at Sand Arroyo (photo by Mark Good)

The rocks almost came alive as we discovered petrified wood, viewed patterns on rocks that at one time were turtle shells, and turned up porous rocks that upon closer examination turned out to be fossilized bones from a Triceratops.