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Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, 790 E. Beckwith Ave. 542-4190. A federal research program that provides scientific leadership in understanding the human and ecological values associated with wilderness protection.

All Against the Haul, P.O. Box 7213, Missoula, 59807. All Against the Haul is a homegrown effort working to stop the construction of a permanent industrial corridor for oversized loads to the Alberta tar sands through Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies, P.O. Box 505, Helena, 59624. 459-5936. Works to secure the ecological integrity of the Northern Rockies through citizen empowerment and the application of the conservation of biological sustainable economic models and environmental law.

Alpine Karst Foundation, P.O. Box 5891, Missoula, 59806. A nonprofit organization that encourages and assists in the preservation of alpine karst, caves and related geomorphologic phenomena. Also promotes expedition caving and study in Montana wildernesses and other remote mountainous regions of the world. Organization has an international advisory board with accredited professionals and representatives from 11 different countries.

Bad Goat Forest Products. 541-2565. Certified locally grown, sustainably harvested wood products; rough-cut boards and beams; sustainable structures; traditional timber framed.

Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign, P.O. Box 7487 Missoula, MT 59807; 239-2315. Cooperative effort including community groups, education organizations, outdoor recreation groups, youth groups, hunting, fishing, outfitters and guides organizations and state and federal wildlife and land management agencies and their professional support organizations. The goal is to reduce human-wildlife conflicts, especially with bears, that can result in people and animals being injured or killed. It does this by conducting bear avoidance and wildlife stewardship training workshops and developing and distributing bear-avoidance and wildlife safety and stewardship materials.

Bike Walk Alliance for Missoula. P.O. Box 8881, Missoula, 59807. The alliance is a nonprofit, member-driven organization created to improve the safety, health and enjoyment of the Five Valleys area by promoting and enhancing bicycling and walking for everyday transportation and recreation. Our goal is to make Missoula one of the best cities in North America for bicycling and walking.

Brown Bear Resources Inc., 101 E. Broadway, Suite 605. 549-4896. A nonprofit corporation to promote, protect and enhance the continued existence of the grizzly bear. Free teacher trunks, classroom and public presentations on human-wildlife interactions and correct waste disposal in wildlife areas.

Clark Fork Coalition. 140 S. Fourth St. W., No. 1; mailing address P.O. Box 7593, Missoula, 59807. 542-0539. The coalition works to restore and protect the Clark Fork River watershed.

Defenders of Wildlife, An advocate for wildlife and its habitat nationwide, the organization’s Northern Rockies regional office in Missoula focuses on grizzly bears throughout the Rockies, wolf recovery and prairie conservation issues.

Ecology Project International, 315 S. Fourth St. E. 721-8784. Ecology Project International is the only organization that engages youth from the U.S. and Latin America in hands-on collaborative science and conservation projects that protect species and habitat in Costa Rica, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands and Montana’s greater Yellowstone ecosystem, bridging the gap between cultures and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders. We make a difference in the world one student at a time.

Environmental and Recycling Hotline. 1-800-CLEANUP. Provides free information about where to recycle and how to reduce and reuse waste. Call and enter a ZIP code or go to website to learn where to recycle items.

Five Valleys Audubon Society. Contact Larry Weeks, 549-5632. Field trips to observe wildlife and monthly programs on wildlife and conservation topics.

Five Valleys Land Trust, 255 W. Front St.; mailing address P.O. Box 8953, Missoula, 59807. 549-0755. Five Valleys is an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving western Montana’s natural legacy – river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands and scenic open spaces.

Footloose Montana, P.O. Box 8884, Florence, 59833. 274-7878. Promotes trap-free public lands for people, pets and wildlife. It offers educational and pet safety workshops across Montana with hands-on training for safely releasing your pet from a trap.

Friends of Lolo Peak, P.O. Box 7444, Missoula, 59807. Local residents and businesses, hikers, hunters, anglers and skiers dedicated to protecting the outstanding natural integrity, scenic values and traditional uses of the Lolo Peak area for future generations.

Future Agricultural Resources for Montana; F.A.R.M. P.O. Box 2552, Missoula, MT 59806. 370-0375 Founded in 2010 F.A.R.M. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, directed by a volunteer-based board of directors with the goal of teaching the importance of local sustainable agriculture, and the permanent preservation of agricultural lands for future generations in Montana communities. FARM has a free educational coloring book available for kids depicting local agriculture. FARM offers educational workshops and community gardens for the community. A Missoula-based national organization focused on federal policy. The organization’s mission is to bring about a timely and effective solution to global warming. Active volunteer program in Missoula.

Grant Creek Trails Association Inc. P.O. Box 16358, Missoula, 59808-6358. or Promotes and raises funds for the Grant Creek Trail. The trail is planned to be an 8-foot-wide, paved multiuse trail running parallel to but separated from Grant Creek Road. When complete, the 3.3-mile trail will connect existing trails near Interstate 90 to Snowbowl Road. GCTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Great Bear Foundation, 802 E. Front St. 829-9378. Fax: 829-9379. Charles Jonkel, president. Dedicated to helping all eight species of the world’s bears. Publishes a quarterly publication, “Bear News.” Conducts school programs and makes presentations to other groups.

Great Burn Study Group, 1434 Jackson St. 240-9901. Nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to achieving wilderness designation for the proposed Great Burn Wilderness and to conserving the wild and remote character of the northern Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana and northern Idaho.

GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths). Contact Roe Erin, 543-6691, GUTS! is the girls’ leadership project of YWCA Missoula. Through after-school groups, community service projects and summer outdoor wilderness adventures, GUTS! helps girls ages 9-18 build self-esteem, discover their unique strengths and develop as leaders.

Ice Age Floods Institute-Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter, Chapter Meetings the third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. Chapter officers: President, Jim Shelden, 728-1860; secretary, Pete Pettersen, 728-2330; treasurer, Dave Elmore, 251-4304. For more information about the chapter, contact Larry Lambert by email or at 370-5987. The IAFI is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that is committed to the recognition and presentation of science-based information regarding Glacial Lake Missoula and its associated flood outbursts. The Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter is one of 10 IAFI chapters in the Pacific Northwest whose activities include scientific lectures and field trips. Consult the website for contact and meeting information.

International Wildlife Film Festival and Media Center. Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. 728-9380. The International Wildlife Film Festival and CINE Cultural and Environmental Film Festival are part of a year-round media center devoted to wildlife and natural history programming.

Keep Montana Green. Forestry Division, 2705 Spurgin Road. 542-4251. A fire-prevention organization devoted to stopping rangeland and forest fires. The annual meeting is in April.

Lolo Watershed Group, 9781 Lolo Creek Road, Lolo, 59847. Contact Bobbie Bartlette, president, 273-0652, The Lolo Watershed Group is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to understand and conserve the unique characteristics of the Lolo Creek watershed, including its wildlife, fisheries, scenic and rural character, local agriculture, and recreational opportunities while supporting private property and water rights. Projects include water quantity, water quality, weeds and wildlife issues. The LWG is currently developing a restoration plan for the watershed and is seeking volunteers for on-the-ground stewardship projects as well as for its board of directors and Technical Advisory board.

Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation, 91 Campus Drive. P.O. 1412, Missoula, 59801. 880-6834. Bob Giordano, executive director. MIST works to build transportation that is safe, equitable and environmentally sound. This takes shape in connecting walkways and bikeways, increasing transit, bringing back passenger rail and raising awareness of transportation issues and impacts. MIST researches, designs and collaborates on a local and regional level to make a more sustainable community.

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, 629 Phillips St. 721-7513. The MUD Project exists to create a replicable model of sustainable living through education, demonstration and celebration in the Missoula community. MUD provides Missoulians of all ages the tools for sustainable living through its Backyard Sustainability Workshops, Tool Library, Truck Share, Youth Education Program (YEP!) and Sustainable Living Demonstration Site.

Montana Forest Stewardship Program. MSU Extension Forestry, 32 Campus Drive, MS 0606, College of Forestry and Conservation, Missoula 59812-0606. 243-2733. Montana Forest Stewardship is a federally funded program to educate non-industrial private forest landowners (1 to 10,000 acres) in managing their forests and conserving their natural resources. Five workshops annually provide intense, practical, hands-on, applied skills, information and resources to participants. Costs are minimal. Ongoing educational opportunities and professional support are provided to graduates.

Montana Forest Owners Association, P.O. Box 17126, Missoula, 59808. Nonprofit organization directed by a voluntary board of non-industrial private forest landowners. The association is dedicated to empowering landowners with the ability to help decide the future of our private forest resources. Individuals, companies and natural resource professionals are encouraged to join.

Montana Native Plant Society, P.O. Box 8783, Missoula, 59807-8783. Meets monthly from September to May on the second Thursday of the month.

Montana Public Interest Research Group. University of Montana, 360 Corbin Hall. 243-2908. MontPIRG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves as a public-interest watchdog and works to educate consumers regarding a clean environment and a more responsible government.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. 327-0405. A Missoula riverfront attraction and your base camp for discovery. Get involved by becoming a member, volunteering or participating in quality programs, including Saturday Discovery Days, Summer Science Day Camps, Clark Fork Watershed Festival, RiverFest, traveling Nature Discovery Trunks, KUFM’s award-winning “Field Notes on the Radio” program, and Glacial Lake Missoula exhibits.

Montana Tree Farm System, P.O. Box 17276, Missoula, 59808-7276. Nonprofit organization of non-industrial private forest landowners sponsored by the American Forest Foundation. The organization’s mission is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry.

Montana Trout Unlimited. P.O. Box 7186, Missoula, 59807. (406) 543-0054. Founded in 1964, Montana TU is a statewide grassroots conservation group with more than 3,600 Trout Unlimited members. Montana TU’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds throughout the state. The group is financially independent of TU’s national organization, but work closely with it on conservation priorities. Montana TU employs four full-time professionals in Missoula and is governed by volunteer directors from each of the state’s 13 TU chapters. Its volunteers and staff work to conserve wild and native trout populations, protect and improve wildlife habitat, advocate for clean water, maintain stream access rights for the public and secure in-stream flow protection.

Montana Water Trust, Founded in 2001, a private nonprofit organization that works cooperatively with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to develop incentive-based agreements that benefit landowners, streamflows and communities. MWT currently has 15 agreements that restore more than 35 million gallons per day to rivers and streams in seven of Montana’s watersheds.

Montana Wilderness Association, 127 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 301, Missoula, 59802. 541-8615. Gabriel Furshong, state program director,, 461-6897; Zack Porter, Nex Gen Wilderness Leaders program director,, 823-0695; Kassia Randzio, development coordinator,, 830-6035. Working with communities to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations.

National Forest Foundation. Fort Missoula, Building 27, Suite 3. 542-2805. A nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the NFF engages Americans in the conservation and stewardship of the 192 million-acre national forest system.

National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountains and Prairies Regional Office – Missoula, 240 N. Higgins Ave., No. 2. 721-6705. Fax: 721-6705. Mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Founded in 1936, the NWF has emerged as the nation’s premiere grassroots conservation organization, leading an integrated network of members and supporters and 47 affiliated organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories. The Missoula regional office works on assuring that sustainable energy development also protects fish and wildlife habitats and populations; restoring wild bison to grassland ecosystems; protecting and restoring iconic wildlife species to their native habitats; defending America’s public lands; and connecting kids with nature.

Northwest Connections. (406) 754-3185. A nonprofit organization engaging in community-based projects that assist land managers and private landowners in better understanding, conserving and restoring critical habitats and habitat connections in northwest Montana. Conservation projects include grizzly bear and rare forest carnivore monitoring and whitebark pine restoration. These projects form the context for field ecology courses accredited by the University of Montana. Their students team up with local residents on field projects as the basis for learning about natural history, environmental issues and community-based conservation. Northwest Connections explores new ways to integrate local knowledge and conventional scientific processes in the conservation of integrates science, community and education to conserve and restore Montana’s rural forest lands working landscapes. The facility is a historic Swan Valley homestead.

Raptors of the Rockies. P.O. Box 250, Florence, 59833. Kate Davis, executive director. Facility is not open to the public. Dedicated to raptor education. Active in western Montana since 1988. Educates schools and the public in programs with live hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. Also, traveling trunks of mounted raptors and information may be rented. In addition, 31 species accounts and range maps may be downloaded from the website.

Rock Creek Alliance. (208) 265-8272, (208) 610-4896 or (406) 544-1494; Formed in 1996 to protect public lands and water resources from the proposed Rock Creek mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of northwestern Montana. The alliance represents members in Idaho, Montana, Washington and beyond.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Elk Country Visitor Center, 5705 Grant Creek Road. 523-4545. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center is one of the newest and best conservation learning facilities in the Northwest. The center features hands-on exhibits for all ages, a Lewis and Clark exhibit, impressive displays of record elk, a Western wildlife diorama and a state-of-the-art conservation theater. Shoppers will enjoy the gift shop filled with beautiful wildlife art and many handcrafted and Montana-made creations. The public is welcome and admission is free. Open year-round. Jan. 1- April 30 hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. May 1-Dec. 31 hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Safari Club International, Five Valleys Chapter, PO Box 16142, Missoula, MT 59808; 273-7224. Dedicated to conserving wildlife and preserving hunting.

Selway-Bitterroot Foundation, P.O. Box 8103, Missoula, 59807. 329-3603. The mission of the SBF is to connect citizens and communities to assist in the stewardship of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and surrounding wildlands. Our purposes is not to replace U.S. Forest Service programs but to build a Selway-Bitterroot constituency among communities, businesses, individuals, universities, tribes, the Forest Service and other groups in the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources across the wilderness and surrounding wildlands.

Sierra Club, Missoula, 222 N. Higgins Ave. 549-1142. Membership-based organization whose mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of Earth’s resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Monthly meetings, hikes and volunteer opportunities.

Swan Ecosystem Center, 6887 Montana Highway 83, Condon. (406) 754-3137. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. A nonprofit organization that offers stewardship, education and conservation programs for people in the Swan Valley and beyond. The center works to maintain forests, water, wildlife and public access on which our livelihoods depend and our spirits are renewed. The center works with residents, public agencies and other interested groups for the sustainable use and care of public and private lands in the Swan Valley. The center helps maintain a connection between the community and the U.S. Forest Service. The visitor center is in the Condon Work Center and staff serves the public on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, selling maps and firewood permits, and providing detailed, quality information about area recreation and services. Stop in and see wildlife displays, browse a unique selection of natural history books and hike easy nature trails, learning about forests and wildlife.

Swift Center for Conservation Education, 315 S. Fourth St. E. 721-8784. The historic Swift Building is home to organizations that promote conservation and education, and is a resource for local, regional and international efforts to inspire those who wish to make a difference in the world. Center tenants include Ecology Project International, Watershed Education Network, Wild Rockies Field Institute and Aerie Backcountry Medicine.

Transition Town Missoula. Contact Claudia Brown, Transition Town Missoula seeks to strengthen local economies and community resilience by decreasing our carbon footprint and reducing our dependency on fossil fuels. We aim to become an official initiative of There are more than 850 official Transition initiatives worldwide, and 217 official initiatives in the U.S. Our goals are to raise awareness of the Transition movement; to mobilize and empower community action; coordinate with those already engaged in sustainability work; and create positive action projects to reduce our carbon footprint and dependency on fossil fuels. We sponsor monthly documentaries on sustainability issues at the Missoula Public Library. Our ultimate goal is to create an Energy Descent Action Plan for the future.

Trout Conservancy of Montana (formerly Montana Trout), P.O. Box 8871, Missoula, 59807. 542-7445. A Missoula-based nonprofit dedicated to the perpetuation of Montana’s wild trout resources. Instead of getting caught up in lawsuits and politics, the conservancy physically fixes trout habitat. In the Missoula area, it has restored parts of Pattee Creek, Lolo Creek and streams up the Blackfoot Valley, with more to come.

Trout Unlimited – West Slope Chapter. Involved in local issues and projects to protect, preserve and enhance Montana’s wild trout fisheries and their watersheds. Membership meetings (open to the public) held monthly October through May.

Vital Ground Foundation, 20 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804. Contact Kevin Rhoades, 549-8650. Vital Ground Foundation helps ensure the recovery and long-term survival of grizzly bears, together with the many native species that share their range, through the protection and restoration of core habitats and landscape linkages. Since its founding in 1990, Vital Ground has helped to protect and restore more than a half-million acres of wildlife habitat in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska and British Columbia.

Watershed Consulting LLC. 541-2565. Forest and watershed assessments, ecological, restoration services, land stewardship services.

Watershed Education Network. Swift Building, 315 S. Fourth St. E., Suite 203. 541-9287. Deb Fassnacht, executive director. WEN fosters knowledge, understanding and appreciation of watershed health through science and outreach. WEN provides western Montana students with a 16-year running School Stream Monitoring Program, complete with training and hands-on field trips for students and community groups to monitor local streams and rivers. WEN also offers community members stream-monitoring trainings and invites anyone interested in volunteer water monitoring to join the Stream Team. Additionally, WEN provides presentations and field trip support for watershed science topics, including groundwater, Milltown Dam journeys, noxious weed identification and wetlands. Each summer, WEN offers Liam Wood Fly-fishing and River Guardian School for high school students.

Wildlands CPR, P.O. Box 7516 Missoula, 59807. 543-9551. Wildlands CPR works to promote balance, save money and create jobs by restoring unneeded forest roads to their natural state. The organization’s mission is to revive and protect wild places by promoting watershed restoration through road removal, preventing new road construction and stopping off-road vehicle abuse.

Wild Rockies Field Institute. 549-4336. Contact Laurie Schlueb. An independent nonprofit educational organization that offers field-based courses for college credit. The group’s mission is to broaden the nature of a liberal arts education; teach critical thinking about social and environmental issues; foster understanding and respect for natural and human communities; and cultivate a sense of place that encourages personal, social and environmental responsibility.

WildWest Institute, P.O. Box 7998, Missoula, 59807. 396-0321. The WildWest Institute’s mission is to protect and restore forests, wildlands, watersheds and wildlife in the Northern Rockies.

Wilderness Watch, P.O. Box 9175, Missoula, 59807. 542-2048. Contact George Nickas. Provides citizen oversight to ensure long-term preservation of America’s wilderness and wild and scenic rivers.

Women’s Voices for the Earth, 114 W. Pine St. 543-3747. A nonprofit environmental justice organization, seeks to empower women and others to affect environmental policy to create an ecologically sustainable society. Has focused on reducing toxic pollution, especially toxins related to breast cancer and other women’s and children’s health problems.

YWCA Missoula. 543-6691. A membership-based human rights organization working to eliminate racism and empower women.

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