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The Great Burn Study Group

Through advocacy and on-the-ground stewardship, the Great Burn Study Group works to protect wildlands in 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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Come on down to the Northside Kettlehouse tonight from 5-8pm to drink a beer for the Great Burn!   RSVP on our FB event page:  Beers for the Burn!


Check out our most recent FB post… UW and TNC created an animated map which predicts where animals will move in order to survive a warming planet. Guess where one of the prime migrations paths is located…?



We had over 100 entries in our beer naming contest last week… And the winner is… 
Kudos to Pat Sweeney for coming up with this tribute to a small mammal whose habitat is high mountain ecosystems like the Great Burn.


Great Burn Brewing (GBB) is making a specialty beer just for us and we need your help to name it!

Join us on Wednesday, May 18, 5-8pm. (GBB is located at 2230 McDonald Avenue, off Brooks Street behind Jaker’s.)

50 cents of every pint sold and all sales of the specialty beer will go to supporting protection and stewardship of our backyard wilderness. Join your friends with the Great Burn Study Group (GBSG) and Montana Wilderness Association’s Shining Mountains Chapter (SMC) for an evening of socializing.

At the evening’s festivities, you can:
• Learn how you can get involved in summer backpacking trips with GBSG and SMC.
• Create the new name for the specialty beer and win a $50 Trailhead gift card.
• Drink the specialty beer and your name will be entered into a raffle to win another $50 Trailhead gift card.

________________________Please check out the new poster of the proposed Great Burn Wilderness map here

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