absaroka | beartooth WILDERNESS FOUNDATION

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area is one of the true crown jewels of the entire Wilderness Preservation system. Together, the Absaroka and Beartooth mountain ranges make up a sublime roadless wilderness that fully deserves its status as ‘Wilderness’–this country’s highest level of protection for our shared public lands. The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) is dedicated to helping protect this vast wilderness to such a high standard.

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This is Wilderness on a truly large scale and at its primitive best! At 944,000 acres, the “A-B” is one of the largest wilderness areas in the Lower 48 states, larger than Yosemite, and similar in size to Glacier National Park. If the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area were somehow plucked from its present location and reinserted in just about any other place in America, it might well merit National Park status, so exceptional is its mountain scenery, rugged beauty, superlative recreational opportunities, pristine natural resources, and vacation-worthy destinations. It’s hard to take it all in. So close to Yellowstone National Park, thousands pass it by on their way to Yellowstone, so it’s relatively unknown and often overlooked. You’ll find great beauty & solitude all around you in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Increasingly, though, there ARE impacts to wild areas like the A-B. It would be unforgivable to let those impacts go unchecked. There are those of us who believe the A-B Wilderness should not be overlooked. Places this unspoiled and unique need supporters. Concerned that this wondrously wild & pristine place might deteriorate due to Forest Service budget shortfalls and personnel cut-backs, a “Friends-Of” type group began forming in 2007-08 with the goal of assisting in the stewardship of the remarkable resources that constitute the A-B Wilderness. That group is the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF)!

The ABWF is a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness of this special place and educating others about how to protect its treasured resources. Stewardship is what we do. We deliver “boots-on-the-ground” experiences — like volunteer trail maintenance projects, Citizen Science activities, and educational programs — that bring everyday citizens more closely in touch with the amazing Wilderness that is the A-B. There are not many places left like it!

Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation’s New Montana License Plate by Parks Reece:

At the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation, our greatest achievements have always been driven by people with a passion for the A-B Wilderness. The ABWF organizes volunteers who work tirelessly with the Forest Service on trail building and maintenance projects: everything from wielding a Pulaski or crosscut saw to pulling invasive weeds. We also carry on educational outreach, artist-in-residence and trail ambassadors programs, tapping the talents of people who love the A-B Wilderness.

We are excited to announce our brand new ABWF-sponsored Montana specialty license plate, sporting beautiful and fanciful artwork by renowned Livingston artist Parks Reece. It just came out and is already generating tremendous buzz. We thank Parks for his generosity and passion for supporting our magnificent Wilderness!

Dress up your rig with the only Parks Reece license plate in Montana and support the A-B Wilderness at the same time. This unique license plate is available at your local county treasurer’s office when you renew your plate. Or don’t wait—you can upgrade to original Parks Reece art now. The initial extra cost includes a $25 donation to the ABWF, and this is charged each year as you renew. The motor vehicle folks charge additional one-time fees when you pick up the new plate. Your tax-deductible donation to the ABWF through this Parks Reece plate will support Wilderness and spread the message every time you hit the road!