Montana Wilderness Association

Outdoor Foundation

Founded 60 years ago, Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) is a 501(C)(3) that works with communities to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty, and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations. We envision a future where, from the rugged mountains to the vast prairies, Montana’s wild places are connected, protected, and restored because Montanans value wilderness as essential to our heritage and way of life.

The oldest state-level grassroots conservation group in the country, MWA members were instrumental in the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and had a hand in protecting every Wilderness in Montana – from the Bob Marshall to the Beartooths to the Lee Metcalf – as well as every Wilderness Study Area.

Today, MWA's public lands defense campaigns benefit from a combination of six decades of traditional organizing that have built strong relationships that span geographies, interests, and viewpoints. MWA supporters are hikers and backpackers, hunters and anglers, skiers and climbers, boaters and bikers, weekend warriors and after-work adventurers like yourself.

With seven field offices from Whitefish to Billings, and seven volunteer chapters throughout the state, MWA is deeply engaged in Montana communities large and small. These community-based, grassroots relationships are at the core of MWA, combining on-the-ground stewardship and strategic advocacy to ensure Montana’s wild future. Join MWA in protecting the wild places that you use and love by becoming a member today at!

"We also want to express our immense gratitude to MYSTERY RANCH for their continued support of helping MWA in our mission of protecting Montana’s wild places. Their investment in our programs allows us to protect the alpine meadows, clear streams, and rugged backcountry that you, as a MYSTERY RANCH customer, enjoy and recreate in."

- Mike Rooney, Development Manager, Montana Wilderness Association

Image: James Chapman