Wild Life - June 2013

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Heart Lake in the Great Burn. Photo by Zack Porter

It is hard to deny that microbreweries are becoming a part of Montana’s landscape just as much as snowcapped mountains and roughshod cowboys. So it seemed natural this past Wednesday for MWA to host an event in support of its campaign to get the Idaho side of the Great Burn region designated as “recommended Wilderness” at Draught Works, Missoula’s newest brewery.

The Montana Wilderness Association’s staff and State Council meeting on the Rocky Mountain Front, September 2012.

The State Council is a group of volunteers that leads the way for the Montana Wilderness Association. We're business owners, students, teachers, accountants, techies, and retirees. We're into hiking, camping, hunting, birding, fishing, riding horses, backpacking, photography, and a host of other outdoor endeavors. We love wilderness, and we work together to make sure the Montana Wilderness Association is the best possible organization it can be.

Terry and Katy Meyers with their solar panels from Thirsty Lake Solar.

Today one of the greatest threats to our public lands is large-scale energy development. Whether oil fields or coal mines, the result is a vast network of roads, fragmented wildlife habitat, and the loss of our last remaining wild places.

When we turn to small scale, local energy production, that’s energy that doesn’t have to be drilled, mined, or excavated on our public lands.

MWA members and Dropstone Outfitting owners Maggie Carr and Yve Bardwell. MWA photo

This past January, Yve Bardwell and Maggie Carr finalized the purchase of High Country Adventures, an outfitting business that has specialized in guided, foot-travel trips on the Rocky Mountain Front for over 30 years. The two young women have renamed the business Dropstone Outfitting, LLC. The proud new owners were kind enough to sit down this spring and answer a few questions about the business, the wilderness and their community.