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About Montana Wilderness Association

Our Mission

We work with local communities around the state to protect Montana's wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations.

Our Vision

We envision a future where – from the rugged mountains to the vast prairies – Montana’s wild places are protected, connected, and restored because the citizens of our state value wilderness as essential to our heritage and way of life.

Our History

For more than 50 years, Montana Wilderness Association has been working with communities across the state to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions. It’s a mission that began in 1958 when our founders, Ken and Florence Baldwin, sent a letter to 100 friends, inviting them to join a citizen-led effort to protect the Madison and Gallatin Ranges. Since that time, our commitment to grassroots conservation has proved instrumental in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act and in the designation of all 15 wilderness areas in Montana. We currently have more than 5,500 members and hope you'll join us to continue this important work.

Local Chapters

Montana Wilderness Association's local chapters are at the heart of the organization and serve as hubs for volunteer...

Board of Directors

Montana Wilderness Association is governed by a Board of Directors, a group of elected volunteers from around the state...


A talented 22-person support staff, located across the state, works diligently to meet the needs of MWA’s campaign and program work.

Contact Us

Have a question? Need to get a hold of us? Feel free to visit us at one of our offices across the state, or reach us by phone, email...


View our Strategic Plan and the policies that guide our work as we continue to build on MWA’s 50-year legacy of wildlands protection.

Financial Overview

The work we do is highlighted in annual reports and IRS 990s, shedding light on our ever-expanding efforts to preserve Montana's treasured wildlands.


Our Work

MWA tackles projects with the same enthusiasm and ...

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