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Bald eagles are the second largest bird of prey in the U.S., with a wingspan up to 8 feet (photo by Andrew Morffew)

The Kootenai National Forest encompasses wild places like the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Scotchman Peaks, and Yaak Valley, and it’s also home to grizzly bears, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, westslope cutthroat trout, and so much more.

Hiking along Hyalite Creek Trail in Gallatin National Forest (photo by Donna Lawson)

We’d normally be out on the trail with 150 volunteers this summer. And while we’re hoping we can still get out with volunteers for the second half of the season, we had to cancel our first several projects. Instead, our two-person staff crew is out doing as much work as they can.

Naked Lady Lake in the Scapegoat Wilderness (photo by Carole Boerner)

North-central Montana is a great place to call home, and it’s made even better by the businesses that support our work and do their part to protect Montana's public lands. 

Explore Montana's wild places on June 6, National Trails Day (photo by Tony Bynum)

June 6 is National Trails Day, and we want to take the opportunity to share our favorite trails less traveled. We’ve compiled favorite trails from eight staff members to give you some ideas about where to explore this weekend and throughout the summer.

Find the perfect trail on hikewildmontana.org.

Hike Wild Montana, our online hiking guide, features more than 350 trails across the state, providing options that will help Montanans stay safe, avoid crowded trails and trailheads, and discover trails less traveled.

Mark is retiring on June 1, 2020 after 26 years as MWA’s central Montana field director and, in recent years, as one of two senior conservation advisers.