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 conservation director Amy Robinson.

Wilderness Book Group

If you love wilderness, great company, and good books, this is the place for you. About a dozen of us gather monthly to talk about the book of the month, enjoy some laughs and conversation, and share stories from our own latest wilderness adventures. To learn more and join the fun, email Julie.

Chapter Leadership

President: Riley Egan
Immediate Past President: Lee Boman
Vice President: vacant
Chapter Representative: Patrick Marx
Secretary: Mark Connell
Treasurer: Mary Langenderfer
At-Large Board Members: Daphne Herling, Bert Linder, Ken Brown, Sadie Rae Russell, Gene Schade, Taylor Orr, Vlad Kustanovich

Contact Us

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