Madison-Gallatin Chapter

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About the Madison-Gallatin Chapter

The Madison-Gallatin Chapter educates and inspires people to protect special wild places in Park, Gallatin, and Madison Counties in southwest and south-central Montana. Some of our best known wild places include the four units of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in the Madison Range, a large section of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, some of the northwestern parts of Yellowstone National Park, and the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area in the Gallatin Range. Other mountain ranges in our geographic area with unprotected wild areas include parts of the Bridgers, the Gravely and Snowcrest Ranges, the Tobacco Roots, and the Crazy Mountains.

How We Keep Montana Wild

Shaping the Future of Our Forest

In 2016, the Custer Gallatin National Forest began a four-year endeavor to revise its forest plan. This plan will address wild, unprotected places in the Gallatin and Madison Ranges, Crazy Mountains, and Pryor Mountains. Now is the time to voice the need to protect these places. The Madison-Gallatin Chapter is helping to shape the future of these wild places, especially the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area. The result of this plan will be the roadmap of our wild backyard for decades to come.

Scout Trails

On your own or with friends, check out trails in the Madison-Gallatin area. Collect information about trail conditions, how many visitors you saw, and wildlife sightings. This information will help us with our chapter's trail guide project and will help the Forest Service prioritize trail projects. To get involved, email

Apply for a Wilderness Grant

MWA's Madison-Gallatin Chapter invites you to apply for a mini-grant aiming to enhance Montana’s wilderness and wildlands, the public’s enjoyment and understanding of wildlands, interactions between wildlife, habitat and recreationalists, and other creative research and activities in furtherance of wilderness values. 

This is a flexible program, but preference will be given to publishable research that focuses on southwestern and south-central Montana. If you have any questions, please call Linda Grimm at 406-690-6118.

The deadline for 2020 proposals is June 30, 2020. Grants will be awarded by July 31, 2020, as determined by the Madison-Gallatin Chapter board of directors. 

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Go Wild at MSU

As part of our NexGen program, MSUwild, the student chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association, is hard at work at Montana State University. MSUwild cultivates a strong conservation awareness and stewardship ethic through meaningful experiences in Montana’s backcountry. Students get out in wild, rugged places, and then back at campus they educate and organize students to protect Montana's wildlands. To get involved, contact

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Chapter Leadership

President: Tom Ross
Vice President: David Steinmuller
Chapter Representative: Jeanette Hall
Secretary: Doug Bartholomew
Treasurer: Roger Jenkins
At-Large Board Members: Linda Grimm, Richard Lyon, Lisa Lenard, Mikaela Howie, Lisa Trankley

Contact Us

The Madison-Gallatin Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Baxter Hotel. All are welcome! For more information, email: or reach out to local Field Director Emily Cleveland at

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