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View from the Yaak Fire Lookout Tower (photo by Maddie Matarazzo)

View from the Yaak Fire Lookout Tower (photo by Maddie Matarazzo)

As the sun set the entire horizon turned bright red and a full moon began to rise. The only sound I could hear were the quiet rustles of the forest. 

Upper Cedar Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area (photo by Aaron Theisen)

Upper Cedar Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Area (photo by Aaron Theisen)

When you’re hiking in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, it’s common to go a whole day without seeing another person, to hear nothing but the wind in the Cedars. 

Upper Layout Creek in the Pryor Mountains (photo by Zack Porter)

Upper Layout Creek in the Pryor Mountains (photo by Zack Porter)

There’s still snow covering Montana’s high country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of places to get out on the trail. 

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

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)

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

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.