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Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, 790 E. Beckwith Ave. 542-4190. Website: www.leopold.wilderness.net. A federal research program that provides scientific leadership in understanding the human and ecological values associated with wilderness protection.

All Against The Haul, P.O. Box 7213, Missoula, 59807. (406) 823-0695. Website: www.allagainstthehaul.org. E-mail: info@allagainstthehaul.org. Zack Porter. All Against The Haul is a homegrown effort working to stop the construction of a permanent industrial corridor for oversized loads to the Alberta tar sands through Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies, P.O. Box 505, Helena, 59624. (406) 459-5936. E-mail: awr@wildrockiesalliance.org. Website: www.wildrockiesalliance.org. Works to secure the ecological integrity of the Northern Rockies through citizen empowerment and the application of the conservation of biological sustainable economic models and environmental law.

Alpine Karst Foundation, 44697 Singing Creek Lane, Ronan, 59864. Website: www.alpinekarst.org. A nonprofit organization that encourages and assists in the preservation of alpine karst, caves and related geomorphologic phenomena. Also promotes expedition caving and study in Montana wildernesses and other remote mountainous regions of the world. Organization has an international advisory board with accredited professionals and representatives from 11 different countries.

Be Bear Aware and Wildlife Stewardship Campaign, P.O.Box 8289, Missoula, 59807. 721-8985. E-mail: bearinfo@cfwi.org. Cooperative effort including community groups, education organizations, outdoor recreation groups, youth groups, hunting, fishing, outfitters and guides organizations and state and federal wildlife and land management agencies and their professional support organizations. The goal is to reduce human-wildlife conflicts, especially with bears, that can result in people and animals being injured or killed.It does this by conducting bear avoidance and wildlife stewardship training workshops and developing and distributing bear-avoidance and wildlife safety and stewardship materials.

Brown Bear Resources Inc., 101 E. Broadway, Suite 605. 549-4896. Website: www.brownbear.org. A nonprofit corporation to promote, protect and enhance the continued existence of the grizzly bear. Free teacher trunks, classroom and public presentations on human-wildlife interactions and correct waste disposal in wildlife areas.

Clark Fork Coalition, 140 S. Fourth St. W., No. 1; mailing address P.O. Box 7593, Missoula, 59807. 542-0539. The coalition works to restore and protect the Clark Fork River watershed.

Defenders of Wildlife, 140 S. Fourth St. W., No. 1. 549-4103. Website: www.defenders.org. An advocate for wildlife and its habitat nationwide, the organization’s Northern Rockies regional office in Missoula focuses on grizzly bears throughout the Rockies, wolf recovery and prairie conservation issues.

Ecology Project International, 315 S. Fourth St. E. 721-8784. Website: www.ecologyproject.org. Ecology Project International is the only organization that engages youth from the U.S. and Latin America in hands-on collaborative science and conservation projects that protect species and habitat in Costa Rica, Mexico, the Galapagos Islands and Montana’s greater Yellowstone ecosystem, bridging the gap between cultures and empowering the next generation of conservation leaders. We make a difference in the world one student at a time.

Environmental and Recycling Hotline. 1-800-CLEANUP. Website: www.cleanup.org. Provides free information about where to recycle and how to reduce and reuse waste. Call and enter a ZIP code or go to website to learn where to recycle items.

Five Valleys Audubon Society. Birding hot line for unusual sightings: 721-9799. Larry Weeks, 549-5632. Field trips to observe wildlife and monthly programs on wildlife and conservation topics.

Five Valleys Land Trust, 117 W. Broadway; mailing address P.O. Box 8953, Missoula, 59807. 549-0755. Website: www.fvlt.org. E-mail: office@fvlt.org. Five Valleys is an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving western Montana’s natural legacy – river corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural lands and scenic open spaces.

Footloose Montana, P.O. Box 1089, Florence, 59833. 274-7878. Website: www.footloosemontana.org. E-mail: info@footloosemontana.org. Anja Heister, executive director. Promotes trap-free public lands for people, pets and wildlife. It offers educational and pet safety workshops across Montana with hands-on training for safely releasing your pet from a trap.

Friends of Lolo Peak, P.O. Box 7444, Missoula, 59807. Website: www.lolopk.org. E-mail: lolopeak@yahoo.com. Local residents and businesses, hikers, hunters, anglers and skiers dedicated to protecting the outstanding natural integrity, scenic values and traditional uses of the Lolo Peak area for future generations.

Future Agricultural Resources for Montana. P.O. Box 2552, Missoula, 59806. 370-0375. Founded in 2010 FARM is a nonprofit directed by a volunteer board of directors promoting the importance of supporting sustainable local agriculture and the permanent preservation of agricultural lands for future generations in Montana communities.

Global Warming Solution.org. P.O. Box 9201, Missoula, 59807. E-mail: info@globalwarmingsolution.org. David Merrill, executive director, 542-8089. A Missoula-based national organization focused on federal policy. The organization’s mission is to bring about a timely and effective solution to global warming. Active volunteer program in Missoula.

Great Bear Foundation, 802 E. Front St.. 829-9378. Fax: 829-9379. E-mail: gbf@greatbear.org. Website: www.greatbear.org. Charles Jonkel, president. Dedicated to helping all eight species of the world’s bears. Publishes a quarterly publication, “Bear News.” Conducts school programs and makes presentations to other groups.

Great Burn Study Group, 1434 Jackson St. 240-9901. E-mail: thegreatbjeuell@ywcaofmissoula.orgurn@yahoo.com. Nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to achieving wilderness designation for the proposed Great Burn Wilderness and to conserving the wild and remote character of the northern Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana and northern Idaho.

GUTS! (Girls Using Their Strengths). Website: jeuell@ywcaofmissoula.org. Jennifer Euell, 543-6691. GUTS!is the girls’ leadership project of YWCAMissoula. Through after-school groups, community service projects and summer outdoor wilderness adventures, GUTS!helps girls ages 9-18 build self-esteem, discover their unique strengths and develop as leaders.

Ice Age Floods Institute-Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter, P.O. Box 3244, Missoula, 59806-3244. Website: www.iafi.org The IAFI is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that is committed to the recognition and presentation of science-based information regarding Glacial Lake Missoula and its associated flood outbursts. The Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter is one of 10 IAFI chapters in the Pacific Northwest whose activities include scientific lectures and field trips. Consult the website for contact and meeting information.

International Wildlife Film Festival and Media Center. Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. 728-9380. Website: www.wildlifefilms.org. The International Wildlife Film Festival and CINE Cultural and Environmental Film Festival are part of a year-round media center devoted to wildlife and natural history programming.

Keep Montana Green. Forestry Division, 2705 Spurgin Road. Pat Cross, executive director, 542-4251. A fire-prevention organization devoted to stopping rangeland and forest fires. The annual meeting is in April.

Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation, 91 Campus Drive. P.O. 1412, Missoula, 59801. 880-6834. E-mail: mist@strans.org. Bob Giordano, executive director. MIST works to build transportation that is safe, equitable and environmentally sound. This takes shape in connecting walkways and bikeways, increasing transit, bringing back passenger rail and raising awareness of transportation issues and impacts. MIST researches, designs and collaborates on a local and regional level to make a more sustainable community.

Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, 629 Phillips St. 721-7513. E-mail: info@mudproject.org. Website: www.mudproject.org. Ann Quirk. The MUD Project exists to create a replicable model of sustainable living through education, demonstration and celebration in the Missoula community. MUD provides Missoulians of all ages the tools for sustainable living through its Backyard Sustainability Workshops, Tool Library, Truck Share, Youth Education Program (YEP!) and Sustainable Living Demonstration Site.

Montana Forest Owners Association, P.O. Box 17126, Missoula, 59808. 370-3069. Website: www.forestsmontana.com. E-mail: info@forestsmontana.com. Nonprofit organization directed by a voluntary board of nonindustrial private forest landowners. The association is dedicated to empowering landowners with the ability to help decide the future of our private forest resources. Individuals, companies, natural resource professionals are encouraged to join.

Montana Native Plant Society, P.O. Box 8783, Missoula, 59807-8783. Meets monthly from September to May on the second Thursday of the month. Meeting places and times are announced in the Missoulian.

Montana Public Interest Research Group, University of Montana, 360 Corbin Hall. 243-2908. MontPIRG is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves as a public-interest watchdog and works to educate consumers regarding a clean environment and a more responsible government.

Montana Natural History Center, 120 Hickory St. 327-0405. Website: www.montananaturalist.org. A Missoula riverfront attraction and your base camp for discovery. Get involved by becoming a member, volunteering or participating in quality programs, including Saturday Discovery Days, Summer Science Day Camps, Clark Fork Watershed Festival, RiverFest, traveling Nature Discovery Trunks, KUFM’s award-winning “Field Notes on the Radio” program, and Glacial Lake Missoula exhibits.

Montana Tree Farm System, P.O. Box 17276, Missoula, 59808-7276. Website: www.mttreefarm.org. Nonprofit organization of nonindustrial private forest landowners sponsored by the American Forest Foundation. The organization’s mission is to promote the growing of renewable forest resources on private lands while protecting environmental benefits and increasing public understanding of all benefits of productive forestry.

Montana Trout Unlimited, 111 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 500. 543-0054. Website: www.montanatu.org. E-mail: michael@montanatu.org. Michael Gibson, outreach director. Works to conserve, protect and restore Montana’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

Montana Water Trust, 140 S. Fourth St. W., Unit 1. 721-0476. Fax: 721-3021. Website: www.montanawatertrust.org. Founded in 2001, a private, nonprofit organization that works cooperatively with farmers, ranchers and other landowners to develop incentive-based agreements that benefit landowners, streamflows and communities. MWT currently has 15 agreements that restore more than 35 million gallons per day to rivers and streams in seven of Montana’s watersheds.

Montana Wilderness Association, 111 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 500; mailing address P.O. Box 8253 Missoula, 59807. 541-8615. E-mail: gfurshong@wildmontana.org. Gabriel Furshong, Missoula field representative. Working with communities to protect Montana’s wilderness heritage, quiet beauty and outdoor traditions, now and for future generations.

National Forest Foundation. Fort Missoula, Building 27, Suite 3. 542-2805. E-mail: fofcomments@natlforests.org. Website: www.natlforests.org. Bill Possiel, president. A nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the NFF engages Americans in the conservation and stewardship of the 192 million-acre national forest system.

National Network of Forest Practitioners. Mark Vander Meer, 541-2565. Its mission is to promote the mutual well-being of workers, rural communities and forests by supporting individuals and groups that build sustainable relationships between people and forests. Examples of workshops and training opportunities include soil biophysical monitoring, chain saw use and timber felling, sustainable forestry te chniques, and niche marketing.

National Wildlife Federation’s Northern Rockies Natural Resource Center, 240 N. Higgins Ave., No. 2. 721-6705. Fax: 721-6705. E-mail: scaggs@nwf.org. The mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future. Founded in 1936, the NWFhas emerged as the nation’s premiere grass-roots conservation organization, leading an integrated network of members and supporters and 47 affiliated organizations throughout the U.S. and its territories. The Northern Rockies regional office works on issues such as grizzly bear reintroduction, wolf recovery, sage grouse conservation and grazing allotment retirements.

Northwest Connections. (406) 754-3185. E-mail: info@northwestconnections.org. Website: www.northwestconnections.org. A nonprofit organization engaging in community-based projects that assist land managers and private landowners in better understanding, conserving and restoring critical habitats and habitat connections in northwest Montana. Conservation projects include grizzly bear and rare forest carnivore monitoring and whitebark pine restoration. These projects form the context for field ecology courses accredited by the University of Montana. Their students team up with local residents on field projects as the basis for learning about natural history, environmental issues and community-based conservation. Northwest Connections explores new ways to integrate local knowledge and conventional scientific processes in the conservation of integrates science, community and education to conserve and restore Montana’s rural forest lands working landscapes. The facility is a historic Swan Valley homestead.

Raptors of the Rockies. P.O. Box 250, Florence, MT 59833. E-mail: raptors@montana.com. Website: www.raptorsoftherockies.org. Kate Davis, executive director. Facility is not open to the public. Dedicated to raptor education. Active in western Montana since 1988. Educates schools and the public in programs with live hawks, eagles, falcons and owls. Also, traveling trunks of mounted raptors and information may be rented. In addition, 31 species accounts and range maps may be downloaded from the website.

Rock Creek Alliance. (208) 265-8272. E-mail: info@rockcreekalliance.org. Website: www.rockcreekalliance.org. Formed in 1996 to protect public lands and water resources from the proposed Rock Creek mine in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of northwestern Montana. The alliance represents members in Idaho, Montana, Washington and beyond.

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Elk Country Visitor Center, 5705 Grant Creek Road. 523-4545. Website: www.rmef.org. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Elk Country Visitor Center is one of the newest and best conservation learning facilities in the Northwest. The center features hands-on exhibits for all ages, a Lewis and Clark exhibit, impressive displays of record elk, a Western wildlife diorama and a state-of-the-art conservation theater. Shoppers will enjoy the gift shop filled with beautiful wildlife art and many handcrafted and Montana-made creations. The public is welcome and admission is free. Open year-round. January-May hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday. June-December hours 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Safari Club International, Five Valleys Chapter, P.O. Box 16142, Missoula, 59808. Website: www.fivevalleychaptersci.org. Dedicated to conserving wildlife and preserving hunting.
• Save Open Space/Rattlesnake Land Trust. PMB 411, 1001 E. Broadway, Suite 2. 549-6083. Fax: 543-1128. E-mail: ssproull@montana.com. An urban land trust dedicated to the preservation of open space located within the greater Missoula area. Acquires donated conservation easements. Through education and advocacy, promotes community awareness of the values associated with open space.

Selway-Bitterroot Foundation, P.O. Box 8103, Missoula 59807. 329-3603. Website: www.selwaybitterroot.org. Rob Mason, executive director, rmason@selwaybitterroot.org. Eric melson, lead field steward, emelson@selwaybitterroot.org. The mission of the SBF is to connect citizens and communities to assist in the stewardship of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and surrounding wildlands. Our purposes is not to replace U.S. Forest Service programs but to build a Selway-Bitterroot constituency among communities, businesses, individuals, universities, tribes, the Forest Service and other groups in the stewardship of the natual and cultural resources across the wilderness and surrounding wildlands.

Sierra Club, Missoula, 210 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 222; mailing address, P.O.Box 9283, Missoula, 59807. 549-1142. Website: www.montana.sierraclub.org. Membership-based organization whose mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of Earth’s resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Monthly meetings, hikes and volunteer opportunities.

Swan Ecosystem Center, 6887 Montana Highway 83, Condon. Website: www.swanecosystemcenter.org. E-mail: info@swanecosystemcenter.org. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. A nonprofit organization that offers stewardship, education and conservation programs for people in the Swan Valley and beyond. The center works to maintain forests, water, wildlife and public access on which our livelihoods depend and our spirits are renewed. The center works with residents, public agencies and other interested groups for the sustainable use and care of public and private lands in the Swan Valley. The center helps maintain a connection between the community and the U.S. Forest Service. The visitor center is in the Condon Work Center and staff serves the public on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service, selling maps and firewood permits, and providing detailed, quality information about area recreation and services. Stop in and see wildlife displays, browse a unique selection of natural history books and hike easy nature trails, learning about forests and wildlife.

Swift Center for Conservation Education, 315 S. Fourth St. E. 721-8784. Website: www.swiftcenter.org. The historic Swift Building is home to organizations that promote conservation and education, and is a resource for local, regional and international efforts to inspire those who wish to make a difference in the world. Center tenants include Ecology Project International, Watershed Education Network, Wild Rockies Field Institute and Aerie Backcountry Medicine.

Trout Conservancy of Montana (formerly Montana Trout), P.O. Box 8871, Missoula, 59807. 542-7445. Website: www.troutconservancy.org. A Missoula-based nonprofit dedicated to the perpetuation of Montana’s wild trout resources. Instead of getting caught up in lawsuits and politics, the conservancy physically fixes trout habitat. In the Missoula area, it has restored parts of Pattee Creek, Lolo Creek and streams up the Blackfoot Valley, with more to come.

•Trout Unlimited, West Slope Chapter. Mike Willett, 240-9995. Involved in local issues and projects to protect, preserve and enhance Montana’s wild trout fisheries and their watersheds. Membership meetings (open to the public) held monthly October through May.

The Vital Ground Foundation, Fort Missoula, Building T-2. 549-8650. Website: www.vitalground.org. E-mail: khope@vitalground.org. Kiffin Hope. The Vital Ground Foundation helps preserve the threatened grizzly bear, other animals, plants and natural communities through the strategic conservation of crucial habitats and wildlife corridors. Since its founding in 1990, Vital Ground has helped to protect and enhance more than a half-million acres of grizzly territory in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska and British Columbia.

Watershed Education Network. Swift Building, 315 S. Fourth St. E., Suite 203. 541-9287. Website: www.montanawatershed.org E-mail: water@montanawatershed.org. Deb Fassnacht, executive director. WEN fosters knowledge, understanding and appreciation of watershed health through science and outreach. WEN provides western Montana students with a 15-year running School Stream Monitoring Program, complete with training and hands-on field trips for students and community groups to monitor local streams and rivers. WEN also offers community members stream-monitoring trainings and invites anyone interested in volunteer water monitoring to join the Stream Team. Additionally, WEN provides presentations and field trip support for watershed science topics, including groundwater, Milltown Dam journeys, noxious weed identification and wetlands. Each summer, WEN offers Liam Wood Fly-fishing and River Guardian School for high school students.

Wildlands CPR, P.O. Box 7516 Missoula, 59807. 543-9551. Website: www.wildlandscpr.org. E-mail: info@wildlandscpr.org. Wildlands CPR works to promote balance, save money and create jobs by restoring unneeded forest roads to their natural state. The organization’s mission is to revive and protect wild places by promoting watershed restoration through road removal, preventing new road construction and stopping off-road vehicle abuse.

Wild Rockies Field Institute. 549-4336. Website: www.wrfi.net. E-mail: wrfi@wrfi.net. Laurie Schlueb. An independent nonprofit educational organization that offers field-based courses for college credit. The group’s mission is to broaden the nature of a liberal arts education; teach critical thinking about social and environmental issues; foster understanding and respect for natural and human communities; and cultivate a sense of place that encourages personal, social and environmental responsibility.

WildWest Institute, P.O. Box 7998, Missoula, 59807. Website: www.wildwestinstitute.org. E-mail: info@wildwestinstitute.org Matthew Koehler. The WildWest Institute’s mission is to protect and restore forests, wildlands, watersheds and wildlife in the Northern Rockies.

Wilderness Watch, P.O. Box 9175, Missoula, 59807. 542-2048. Website: www.wildernesswatch.org. E-mail: wild@wildernesswatch.org. George Nickas. Provides citizen oversight to ensure long-term preservation of America’s wilderness and wild and scenic rivers.

Women’s Voices for the Earth, 114 W. Pine St. 543-3747. E-mail: wve@womenandenvironment.org. Website: www.womenandenvironment.org. A nonprofit environmental justice organization, seeks to empower women and others to affect environmental policy to create an ecologically sustainable society. Has focused on reducing toxic pollution, especially toxins related to breast cancer and other women’s and children’s health problems.

YWCA Missoula. 543-6691. Website: www.ywcaofmissoula.org. A membership-based human rights organization working to eliminate racism and empower racism.


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