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Apr 23 2021

Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day

April is National Volunteer Month — give back to the wild places that you love

Whether volunteering at one of our chapter’s events or finding your own way to invest in Montana’s public lands, I hope you’ll be inspired to celebrate Earth Day – every day – by giving back to the wild places that you love.

We’ve put together a few ways for you to help out. 

Big Hole River Cleanup Day - Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with MWA’s Southwestern Wildlands Chapter by volunteering to clean up fishing access sites, and a campground or two, along the beautiful Big Hole River near Butte.

Volunteers will meet at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks fishing access site just west of the Divide Bridge. Please bring rounded shovels, five-gallon pails, water, snacks, work gloves, sunblock, and your enthusiasm to tackle this project. 

The chapter will provide a mid-to-late afternoon lunch as a thank-you for your hard work and time. 

Please contact Jill at jchefjill@gmail.com to learn more and sign up. Please note that the project is limited to 20 volunteers.

Adopt a Tail this Summer

Join one of our chapter-based stewardship efforts this summer to help clear downfall, install drainage features, brush trail corridors, and more. Several chapters have volunteer stewardship efforts, so look for the one that’s closest to you. 

Madison-Gallatin Chapter

Our Madison-Gallatin Chapter will work on the Lava Lake Trail in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness, the Cliff Creek Trail in Paradise Valley, and the Beehive Basin Trail in Big Sky. Project details will be shared on the Adopt-A-Trail webpage once they are finalized. Contact project coordinators at mgadopotatrail@gmail.com to let them know you are interested.

Flathead-Kootenai Chapter

Our Flathead-Kootenai Chapter is tackling projects on the West Fisher Trails and near Clayton Lake. Final dates are still to be determined, so please contact Jedd Sankar-Gorton at Jeddsg@gmail.com if you’re interested in volunteering. 

Southwestern Wildlands Chapter

Southwestern Wildlands Chapter members take initiative to keep a few of those trails and trailheads in tip-top shape, and they hope you’ll join them in that effort. 

This summer, chapter-led stewardship efforts will include trail maintenance in the East Pioneers and noxious weed management at the Humbug Spires Wilderness Study Area. Dates are TBD, so please Contact Charlie O’Leary at staghornranch@gmail.com to learn more.

Note: all chapter stewardship projects are single-day outings. If you’re interested in multi-day trail maintenance projects, there are still spots available on our waitlists for our 2021 Volunteer Trail Crew projects.

Get Involved With Your Local Chapter

Our chapters help advance the mission of Montana Wilderness Association by bringing together members of communities across Montana for events, Wilderness Walks, volunteer opportunities, and more. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact your chapter to get involved.

Support Our Work Protecting Montana’s Wild Places

A few years ago, a grizzly bear named Ethyl roamed 2,800 miles. She traveled through Glacier National Park, the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, the Great Burn, the Mission Mountains Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and more.

Ethyl’s journey was remarkable, and it was only possible because of Montana's incredible array of connected wild places, which wouldn't be there without Montana Wilderness Association. 

With the help of members and supporters like you, we've spent decades protecting the incredible network of wild and connected places that give creatures like Ethyl room to roam.

This spring, as you stretch your legs, soak up the sunshine, and chart your own adventures, give a little extra to the wild places you love.

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Keely Damara
Communications Manager

Keely manages our website, wildmontana.org, and social media channels in addition to providing communications support for our chapters, programs, and campaigns. In her free time, she enjoys fly fishing on Montana’s scenic rivers, hiking, camping, and exploring public lands in her home state.\.
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