Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.

Position Statement

Our Position in light pf potential threats to the Wilderness.

The mission of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) is to “support stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and to foster appreciation of wild lands”.  Our mission reflects the spirit and legal mandates of the 1964 Wilderness Act that requires that “wilderness areas be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness, and so as to provide for the protection of these areas, the preservation of their wilderness character, and for the gathering and dissemination of information regarding their use and enjoyment as wilderness….” The Wilderness Act defines “wilderness” as those lands that are “affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable.”  

We are concerned by any activities that may impair the quality of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness.  Our organization fully supports the application of the full environmental review process, as specified in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, to all proposed projects on federal lands adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.  Clean water, wildlife habitat and plant communities, unobstructed views, and the sense of solitude do not stop at the wilderness boundary. Environmental review must address the sustainability of functional ecosystems. Our stewardship role demands that we protect the pristine quality of the ABWF including its clean water and air, uncontaminated soils, and opportunities for solitude and natural vistas that, together, are the wilderness.  

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