It is the mission of the Absaroka Beartooth
Wilderness Foundation to support stewardship
of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and to
foster appreciation of wild lands.

50 years

The Wilderness Act at 50

Here is an article on the importance of Wilderness from the Livingston Enterprise on September 4, 2014.

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation

It's a broad-shouldered, big hearted land this Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Nearly a million acres on the Montana-Wyoming border, an unfathomable puzzle of high country tossed with bear and elk and moose and coyotes and wolves. A place where snow comes even in July. Where in the month of May rocks as big as school busses thunder down thousands of feet of mountainside, nudged loose by the creeping thaw of spring. Where in the bright flash of a ten-week summer the alpine meadows and sprawling tundra so common to the area erupt suddenly, utterly with wildflowers. An astonishing place. And more than that, a place critical to the grand sweep of country known as Greater Yellowstone – today the largest generally intact ecosystem in the temperate world.

As with many of the world's beautiful places, in the days of long ago this high, wide run of mountains was a sacred landscape to native peoples. Beyond raw materials for tools and clothing, here they found medicine. Here they found powerful threads of myth and story, enough to spin tales around the winter fire for thousands of years. In more recent times, in 1978, after brief flurries of mining and timbering and sheep grazing, and with civilization spreading fast across the interior West, more than nine hundred thousand acres were preserved as the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. And thus in a modern sense, these unforgettable uplands became yet again, hallowed ground.
Gary Ferguson – August 2010

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Wicked TrailJune 19th - 23rd  (Thurs-Mon)

Many of you regularly utilize the multi-use Wicked Creek Trail system (#78) near the Mill Creek cabin south of Livingston.  This summer the ABWF received a grant to help the Yellowstone Ranger District restore the entire length of the Wicked Creek Trail.  Currently, from the Mill Creek Cabin, the trail climbs for a couple of miles to the summit of a long ridge, then drops down into the W. Fork of Mill Creek.  Two and a half miles of this trail on the south side of the divide is in such disrepair that it cannot be used.  Our aim is to restore the trail on the south end, by completing a lot of trail rebuilding (re-tread), posting, brushing and clearing the trail.  Because it melts out early in the season and is accessible year-round, it is popular with both locals and outdoor recreation users—from hikers and mountain bikers to hunters, skiers and trail runners. Bringing back the south side of Trail #78 to Forest Service specifications and making Wicked Creek a through-trail again would dramatically advance recreation opportunities in the area.  

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