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

Past Interns

2016 Interns

  My name is Ethan Fichtner, 22; I'm from southern California and my interest in the outdoors really began on my first backpacking trip in the John Muir Wilderness near Yosemite at 12 years old. I am a graduating senior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, emphasizing in photojournalism. I mostly backpack, rock climb, and surf, but I love pretty much any outdoor sport. Through interning with the ABWF, I hope to get a hands-on understanding of conservation work and use my photographic skills to pass on that understanding and inspire participation.
My name is Bryce Howe. I am originally from Montrose, Colorado. I am finishing up my sophomore year at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where I study biology and environmental science. My love for the outdoors comes from camping, hiking, and backpacking from an early age. I hope to work to preserve wilderness areas so everyone can continue to enjoy them.

My name is Bryanna Angood-Hardy. I grew up mainly in Massachusetts but am currently living in Florida and going to college in Canada. I am majoring in Geography and double minoring in Environment and Anthropology at McGill University in Montreal. I love backpacking, hiking, climbing and all things outdoors, which is why I’m so excited to be working with the A-B Wilderness Foundation this summer! 


2014 Interns

alison morris My name is Alyson Morris and I grew up in a small town in Washington State. I currently attend Western Washington University and will be graduating Fall 2014 with a BS in Environmental Science. I rowed on the collegiate women's rowing team for four years and absolutely love being outdoors. Conservation is my passion and I am thrilled to be working with a great team this summer as a part of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation.
William My name is William Jenkins and I am from Atlanta, GA. I currently attend the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where I am majoring in geology.  My experiences in the outdoors as an avid rock climber, glacier mountaineer, and backpacker have inspired me to give back to public lands because they have had a positive impact on my life. As a result, I am very excited to be doing preservation work in the A-B Wilderness this summer so that others may also enjoy the area.


Hi my name is Taylor Westhusin.  I am originally from Boulder, Colorado and I have been currently going to school at MSU in Bozeman the past four years.  My interests include biking, trail running, backpacking, and skiing.


Blaine Hartman - SCA Volunteer

BlaineBlaine Hartman is based in Cooke City, MT and is working out of the Gardiner Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest, Blaine, the ABWF's Student Conservation Association Wilderness Intern, currently resides in Boulder, Colorado where he is double majoring in ecology/evolutionary biology and environmental studies. Originally from Iowa, Blaine fell in love with the mountains and has spent time in far off places like Wyoming's Wind River Range and the Sierra Nevada of California. Blaine looks forward to working in the A-B Wilderness this summer while working outside as much as possible to preserve the Wilderness.

Alex Haughton - SCA Volunteer

alexAlex Haughton, is working on the Yellowstone District of the Gallatin National Forest this summer as a Wilderness Intern for the ABWF.  Alex grew up in Olympia, Washington, with the Olympic and Cascade Mountains as his playground. He currently goes to school at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, California. Alex loves adventure and exploring, and his life goal is to be an astronaut.

karenKaren Holcomb - SCA Volunteer

Karen Holcomb is working alongside the various crews of the Beartooth Ranger District based out of Red Lodge, Montana.  She is a student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, and grew up in Colorado Springs. 

"I have grown up hiking and camping in the mountains of Colorado with my family since I was very young. After benefiting from the work done on the trails, I wanted to help. The SCA placed me with the A-B Wilderness Foundation where I get to integrate into the Custer National Forest's trail crew and backcountry patrols and am loving the work and beauty of Montana."

Photo of Linus MetzlerLinus Metzler - Volunteer

Linus Metzler is a volunteer from Switzerland helping out the ABWF on various different tasks and projects. He's just finished one block of his school career and has a few months to spend before studying at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. He found out about the ABWF via its website.

He's been to the AB Wilderness a couple of times before with his family to do some backpacking and fishing while enjoying its gorgeous scenery and is now looking forward to not only discover more of its beauty but also to give something back to it by working with the ABWF.

 Emily Francis & Max Grigri - Whitebark Pine Researchers

Emily is a recent graduate of Princeton and hails from the Bay Area while Max graduated from Ithaca College and is from outside Philadelphia. Both were chosen by the organization Clean Air - Cool Planet for their field research experience and their enthusiasm for the wilderness backcountry. Neither had been to Montana before but they have, by virtue of many missions now into the A-B Wilderness, become seasoned mountain researchers.

The objective of their research on whitebark pine is to highlight the effects of climate change on a keystone tree species and the animals that are dependent on the seeds from whitebark pine. Both mountain pine beetle and blister rust have increasingly been doing damage to whitebark pine stands. Their fourteen-week study intends to visit 24 randomly selected catchment basins containing whitebark pine dispersed throughout the A-B Wilderness. A study of this magnitude - considering its challenges of terrain and remoteness - has probably never been undertaken.

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