We are a Wilderness stewardship organization. And we want to be better stewards of these specially protected wild lands and see to it that they hold onto their most natural, primeval character. Simply put, we’d like to make better stewards out of all of you who use the amazing resource that is the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Our mission at the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation (ABWF) is to “support stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness and to foster appreciation of wild lands”. This reflects the spirit and legal mandates of the 1964 Wilderness Act that requires that “wilderness areas be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness, and so as to provide for the protection of these areas, the preservation of their wilderness character, and for the gathering and dissemination of information regarding their use and enjoyment as wilderness….” The Wilderness Act defines “wilderness” as those lands that are “affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man’s work substantially unnoticeable.”
The ABWF is therefore dedicated to raising awareness for this special place and protecting its resources. We provide “boots-on-the-ground” experiences–like Volunteer Trail Maintenance projects, Citizen/Science activities, and Educational Outreach–that bring everyday citizens more closely in touch with this treasured Wilderness.
The 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.
We are concerned by any activities that may impair the quality of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Our organization fully supports the application of the full environmental review process, as specified in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, to all proposed projects on federal lands adjacent to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Clean water, wildlife habitat and plant communities, unobstructed views, and the sense of solitude do not stop at the wilderness boundary. Environmental review must address the sustainability of functional ecosystems. Our stewardship role demands that we protect the pristine quality of the ABWF including its clean water and air, uncontaminated soils, and opportunities for solitude and natural vistas that, together, are the wilderness.