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

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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ABWF Featured Project

stillwater triailJuly 17th-24th (Thurs-Thurs)

**This project is full**


Get to the heart of the Wilderness!  To the northwest of Cooke City, MT and Daisy Pass are the headwaters of the Stillwater River and the start of the classic 30-mile Stillwater Trail that ends near the Stillwater Mine outside Nye, Montana.  The ABWF is looking for 10-12 trail volunteers to continue our work on the improvement of this trail 8-miles north of the wilderness boundary at Abundance Lake.  Water has eroded the trail badly and the crew will need to add water bars, build up and fill in the trail, and widen it in places.  Work will progress down to the junction of the Stillwater and Horseshoe Creek, and afterwards we will complete the entire length of the Stillwater Trail and exit at Woodbine campground.  We’ll be working side by side with a Forest Service crew from the Beartooth Ranger District.

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