Shining Mountains Chapter

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About the Shining Mountains Chapter

From the Great Burn in the west to the Seeley-Swan Valley in the east, and south to the Bitterroots and the Sapphires, the Shining Mountains Chapter is working to ensure a wild future for western Montana. Our members get together for pint nights at local breweries, gather in homes for a monthly wilderness book club, plant beargrass to restore overused trails, and show up at public meetings to make sure agencies and politicians know that Montanans want to keep Montana wild.

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How We Keep Montana Wild

Working for a Greater Great Burn

Spanning the rugged Montana-Idaho border between I-90 and Highway 12, the Great Burn is a 252,000-acre wonderland of open ridges, alpine lakes, gnarled whitebark, and old-growth cedar. Our volunteers are working to shape future National Forest management to ensure it'll stay wild. We speak up at public meetings, host local events, and encourage people to visit Missoula's backyard wildlands. To get involved or to get your hands on the chapter's new Great Burn Wilderness Area Map, email western Montana field director Erin Clark.

WildCast Storytelling Series

Ep. 1 - The Great Bear 
Listen to a story about the Great Bear Wilderness, told by an outfitter who helped create it.

Ep. 2Defending Native Land from Exploitation
Conservationist and educator Germaine White on defending Native land from degradation and the importance of youth leadership.

Chapter Leadership

President: Riley Egan
Immediate Past President: Lee Boman
Vice President: vacant
Chapter Representative: vacant
Secretary: Mike Young
Treasurer: Mary Langenderfer
At-Large Board Members: Daphne Herling, Amy Katz, Bert Linder, Ken Brown, Sadie Rae Russell, Gene Schade, Taylor Orr

Contact Us

The Shining Mountains Chapter meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. online. For more information, email: or email local field director Erin Clark.