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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Russell CreekAugust 18-22, 2014 (Mon-Fri)

**This project is filling up fast but still has a few spaces left.**

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, be a trail volunteer along the famed ‘Beaten Path’ Trail!  Russell Creek, just out of Cooke City, is the traditional access for the 30-mile long Beaten Path trail that ends at Alpine in the E. Rosebud.  A few miles from the trailhead, the trail crosses wet meadows beyond Kersey Lake which is where a puncheon needs replacing.  What is a puncheon?  A low bridge/boardwalk made of logs and planks that make travel through wet meadows less environmentally damaging.  Our group of volunteers will remove the old puncheon and replace it with a new 100’ structure that will be horse-packed in.  The work will consist of cutting logs, moving them and entrenching them in the ground, levelling the base and nailing the planks down onto the crossbeams.  Bring your engineering skills!

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