Flathead-Kootenai Chapter

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About the Flathead Kootenai Chapter

Here in the world renowned Crown of the Continent -- home to grizzlies, wolverine, lynx, old growth cedar forests, and snowcapped peaks -- we're working to ensure that area wildlands continue to benefit our communities, economies, and visitors long into the future. We host speaker series and community picnics, organize business forums, work with recreators of all stripes to shape forest management, and encourage residents and visitors to check out all northwest Montana has to offer.


Hikers on the Nasukoin Peak trail in the heart of the Whitefish Range. Zack Porter

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How We Keep Montana Wild

Share Stories
For more than two years now, we've been helping share community members' wilderness stories. In partnership with The Western News, students, anglers, huckleberry pickers, home builders, and moms, we have had the chance to share how wilderness makes our Northwest Montana communities great places to grow up, raise families, and make a living. Read the archived Voices in the Wilderness stories.

Promote Northwest Montana as a Great Destination
Whether you know the area like the back of your hand or are a new visitor, be sure to pick up our new Cabinet Mountains Wilderness Map. It stretches from Trout Creek to Libby and Troy, and includes 23 feature destinations where hikers can experience the stunning views, deep forests, and phenomenal wildlife that define Northwest Montana. Pick up a copy at one of more than 30 businesses in Libby, Troy, Thompson Falls, Trout Creek, Sandpoint, Spokane, Kalispell, and Whitefish or buy the
Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map online for only $5 (scroll to the bottom).

Plan for the Future
We're working with everyone - businesses, snowmobilers, mountain bikers, hikers, anglers, hunters, timber workers, and more - to shape the future of the Flathead National Forest. From the Whitefish Range to Grizzly Basin, local members are sharing photos, maps, stories, and videos with friends, neighbors, and the Forest Service to help ensure a positive future for Northwest Montana's wildlands.

Organize Community Events and Celebrations
Curious what role wilderness plays in local economies? Join us in Libby for our Community Prosperity Forum series, featuring topics as diverse as health care, business loans, and conservation. Want to kick back and celebrate? In 2014 we drew hundreds of people to downtown Libby and Kalispell to enjoy food, music, and brews in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act...and we plan to keep celebrating every year. Want to learn about wilderness management? Attend our speaker series at Flathead Valley Community College. To help plan local events or find out what's coming up, contact Grete at ggansauer@wildmontana.org

Lead Volunteers

Terry Meyers
Jeff Metsky
John Larson
Debo Powers
John Frederick
Frank Vitale
Ellen Horowitz
Doug Chadwick
Brian Baxter
Molly Montana
Greg Schatz
Steven Gnam
Lex Blood
Jennifer Reynolds
Anne Dahl
Jim Rafferty
Steve Gniadek
...and so many more!
To get involved, email Grete at ggansauer@wildmontana.org


Spring 2018

Chapter Board

President: Bret Luedke
Vice President: Amy Pearson
Chapter Representative: Jennifer Fugatt
Treasurer: Angel Dominguez
Secretary: John Larson
Board Members: Caroline Hill, Sheena Pate, John Hartlieb, John Repke, and Donald Dodge

Contact Us

The Flathead-Kootenai Chapter meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. All are welcome! Email mwafkc@wildmontana.org for more information.