ABWF Volunteers, members of the Livingston Bike Club, and Forest Service trail crew from the Yellowstone District combine forces to build trail on south access to the Wicked Creek trail system near West Fork of Mill Cr.

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Red Lodge, Montana, serving the nearly 1 million acre Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and its surrounding communities. Our mission is to support stewardship of the A-B Wilderness and foster appreciation of all wildlands, which we do through volunteer engagement, education and outreach, and community collaboration. Our staff, board, and partners live and work around the A-B region, while our members, volunteers, and supporters hail from around the world. We operate under a partnership agreement with the Custer Gallatin National Forest, performing trail maintenance, site restoration, and invasive weed control; raising conservation awareness; monitoring visitor use and ecological impacts; and leading other activities for the “maintenance and improvement of ecosystem integrity, water and air quality.”

The Founding Goals of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation:

  • Promote stewardship of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area and adjacent wildlands;
  • Foster community and individual support for wilderness values, programs, and projects;
  • Promote volunteer participation in wilderness projects and wildland programs/activities;
  • Educate and inspire people to understand wilderness and wildland values, characteristics, critical issues, and ecology;
  • Foster long-term relationships with individuals, communities, tribes, colleges and universities, organizations, businesses, and other agencies to achieve these goals.