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Ben Gabriel at Organ Mountains National Monument

What excited our search committee the most about Ben were the leadership skills he demonstrated in his three-year tenure at FOMDP and the inspiring vision he articulated for MWA, which entails building on the tremendous success we’ve had over recent years.

Volunteers on a trail stewardship project in the Centennials (photo by Sam McMain)

In response to the high demand for trail stewardship work across Montana, we’ve expanded our trails program.

On a staff backpacking trip in the Great Burn, Brian in front (photo by Zack Porter)

When Brian first arrived at MWA in 2010, the organization had 12 employees working in five offices around the state. Six years later, MWA has grown to 25 staff members in eight field offices.

MWA staff and council members on a hike just outside the Scapegoat

At the beginning of this year, we welcomed a new president and president-elect on our State Council, the governing body of our organization that’s composed of volunteers from around the state and represenatives of local chapters.

Hiking along the Swan Range ridge above Grizzly Basin (photo by Dee Linnell Blank

Speaking at a gathering of about 200 in Seeley Lake, Sen. Tester applauded the trend-setting, collaborative work that made this legislation possible.

First place photo of Hollowtop Lake in the Tobacco Root Mountains (David Wells)

We received almost 1,000 photos, capturing the wide diversity of Montana’s natural beauity.