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The Great Burn Study Group

Through education, advocacy and on-the-ground stewardship, the Great Burn Study Group works to protect permanently the wild and remote character and ecological integrity of the northern Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana and northern Idaho.

GBSG focuses on the preservation of a well-defined land base, leverages its modest resources thoughtfully, and invests in projects with a high probability of significant results. GBSG works hard to develop and support protective land management policies and the effective enforcement of those policies to preserve the wild and remote character, wildlife habitat, ecological integrity, and wilderness potential of the GBSG mission area.

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Check out Sunday’s Missoulian article, “Great Burn hides charms, challenges on Montana border,” featuring GBSG board members Sharon Sweeney and Zack Porter here

Enjoy the beauty of the northern Rockies and help protect public wildlands.  Check out the above link for a list of this summer’s trips.  Volunteers needed for summer field projects and exploration.  Join experienced leaders for weekend trips into the Great Burn and surrounding roadless backcountry.  We will be monitoring weeds, wildlife, trail conditions, signs, and other information critical to the understanding and management of northern Rockies wildlands.  Backcountry experience is helpful but not necessary.

And please share your own personal field reports.  We would love to hear about your trips into the Northern Bitterroot Divide country.  Tell us where you went and what you saw: 406-240-9901 or

GBSG field stewardship activities are conducted in partnership with the National Forest Foundation and other generous donors.



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