“I feel the need for unspoiled nature deep in my soul.”
#GivingTuesday is Dec. 3 – help Addrien and her grandchildren keep Montana wild this holiday season
I’m proud to be a part of one of the oldest and most successful grassroots conservation organizations in this country, and I’m honored to stand alongside our thousands of dedicated and passionate members and supporters to protect our wild places.
On this #GivingTuesday, I have a simple request: do your part to help us protect them for future generations.
I’m privileged to have raised my family in the beautiful Seeley-Swan Valley, on the doorstep of the places that stand to be protected by the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.
When I became a grandmother, I made it a point to take my small grandkids into the backcountry, with no adults allowed (except me, of course)!
Every summer was Grandma’s Camp, and together we caught fish, explored on horseback, performed impromptu “archeological digs,” and acted out living history from imaginations stirred by an old abandoned cabin that only we knew about.
During these outings, Grandma’s “campers” discovered nature’s power and resilience, and our experiences together in the deep forests and along the wild rivers of the Seeley-Swan Valley deepened the bonds between us. I’m so grateful for the opportunities that we have to learn about our wild backyard and grow close to each other, and I can’t imagine how my life, and that of my grandkids, would have been different had we not had these places right out our back door. We risk losing these places if we don’t defend them, and that’s why MWA’s work is so important.
Of course, protecting our wild places is important for reasons far beyond the continued success of Grandma’s Camp! Many years ago now, hoping to be a part of a sustainable solution that would benefit both my Seeley Lake community and our local wild places, I joined the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project. For the first time, many diverse interests from our community sat at the same table and discussed the future of the Blackfoot-Clearwater. For over ten years of laborious, strained, and contentious meetings, we continued to talk. MWA provided invaluable guidance and support during this process, and I can say confidently that the process would never have led to the creation of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act had it not been for MWA’s involvement.
That kind of leadership and commitment is why I support MWA. The organization is committed to working with communities to protect Montana's wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations. And I hope you’ll join me in supporting their work this holiday season.
As for my grandchildren, they’ve grown up knowing the value of Montana’s wilderness. When they reached college age, they traveled with me to Washington D.C. to talk with our Montana delegation about our shared experiences in Montana’s wild outdoors.
There, on Capitol Hill, I was proud to hear the compelling voices of my campers as they spoke to their legislators about their deep connection to nature and Montana’s public lands.
Their passion has greatly inspired me, and I hope it also inspires you.
I feel, deep in my soul, the need we humans have for unspoiled nature, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to pass that feeling on to my grandkids. I’m confident that they’ll pass it on to their children, and we’ll continue to grow the grassroots movement to protect the wild public lands that so enrich our lives.
MWA is leading that charge, and your participation as a donor and a member helps keep up the momentum in the defense of our wild places. Please join me in supporting this great organization this holiday season, and encourage your friends and neighbors to become a part of this amazing team that’s been fighting for a wild future for our children and grandchildren since 1958.
– Addrien Marx, Seeley Lake