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Haley blazing the CDT on Lewis and Clark Pass near Lincoln (photo by Sonny Mazzullo)

This summer, I had the privilege of co-leading MWA’s volunteer trail crew (VTC), where I learned firsthand just how well stewardship and advocacy go together. 

Just 11% of Montanans support the attempt to remove protections from wilderness study areas (WSAs)

Sen. Daines and Rep. Gianforte continue to push their legislation attempting to strip protections from 800,000 acres of wilderness study areas (WSAs), but Montanans aren't on board.

Autumn larch light up the Sapphires (photo by Zack Porter)

Former MWA president Doris Milner was campaigning for wilderness designation for the Sapphires way back in 1980s, and we're carrying on that fight today. 

Looking out from the Mission Mountains Wilderness, designated in 1975 (photo by Justin Whitaker)

To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we're digging through the vault to tell the six-decade story of MWA, from our founding to today. This is part two, a glimpse into a decade of progess, setbacks, and change.

Volunteers re-tread a section of trail on Lewis and Clark Pass north of Lincoln (photo by Sean Jansen)

Curious about what really goes on during an MWA volunteer trail crew project? A lot of hard work, a lot of fun, and a whole lot of eating. 

A June landscape in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness (photo by Bob Giltrap)

It’s late June and the sky is blue. The scent of far-off wood smoke hangs in the morning air. I drive east on York Road, drinking coffee. In the back seat, Walter snoozes in his car seat.