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

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.

Mary Hollow at the podium introducing Gov. Steve Bullock (photo by Laura Lundquist)

Mary Hollow at the podium introducing Gov. Steve Bullock (photo by Laura Lundquist)

“These lands are our heritage. These lands are our birthright. These lands are one of our great equalizers," Gov. Bullock said.

MWA staff on a backpacking trip in the Crazy Mountains (photo by Zack Porter)

MWA staff on a backpacking trip in the Crazy Mountains (photo by Zack Porter)

At MWA, we like to get outside. This year, we crossed the Crazy Mountains together on a three-day trek that forged stronger bonds (and bigger blisters) than any icebreaker could ever offer.

Bison in snow (photo by Erin Braaten)

Bison in snow (photo by Erin Braaten)

With the shortest day of the year just days away and forecasts predicting below zero temperatures and snow, it may be time to curl up in front of the fire with a good book.

On a quest for standing petrified trees (photo by Roger Jenkins)

On a quest for standing petrified trees (photo by Roger Jenkins)

A “quest.” This is what my friend Mike called our first hike in search of some standing petrified trees in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park.

Backpacking along Pitamakan Pass in Glacier N.P. (photo by Kerry Neils)

Backpacking along Pitamakan Pass in Glacier N.P. (photo by Kerry Neils)

The idea was to take my sister on her very first backpacking trip. Incidentally, this would also be her first time sleeping outside, her first time hiking in the Pacific Northwest, and her first time putting on shoes intended for dirt and rock and rain.