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

Go Wild at MSU

As part of our NexGen program, Montana Wild Collective, the student chapter of the Montana Wilderness Association, is hard at work at Montana State University. Montana Wild Collective 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

Wilderness Grants

Amidst the chaos of 2020, Madison-Gallatin Chapter initiated our new Wilderness Grant Program. The goal of the grant program is to foster a connection between our chapter and local researchers who are working 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. We funded four projects in 2020, including April Craighead's research detailing the impact of climate change on the Pika population of Gallatin Canyon. You can read her final report here.


Chapter Newsletters

Chapter Leadership

President: Tom Ross
Vice President: Forrest Schoessow
Chapter Representative: Jeanette Hall
Secretary: Doug Bartholomew
Treasurer: Roger Jenkins
At-Large Board Members: Tamara Clark, Mark Gunther, Mikaela Gioia Howie, Lisa Lenard, Stephanie Lindsay, Richard Lyon, Lisa Trankley

Contact Us

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

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