Montana Chapter

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Sierra Club Montana Chapter

The Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer run local organization to provide local events and outings, and to address local issues in the state of Montana. The chapter includes four local groups in the towns of Missoula, Bozeman, Helena and Billings.

Guarding our Grizzlies

Grizzly bears are an essential piece of the American West, a wildlife icon that has been integral to the Yellowstone region for centuries. They embody true wilderness, with all its risks and rewards; there is no more beautiful or powerful symbol of our wild heritage than the “great bear.” As a top predator, grizzlies play an important role in keeping the whole natural system healthy.

Say it Ain’t So! Bob Clark Leaving Sierra Club Staff Position in Missoula

There are some troubling environmental issues raised in this newsletter, but one of the most troubling matters for Montana Chapter activists is the loss of Missoula-based Sierra Club staffer, Bob Clark. Bob will be a wilderness expedition guide...not a bad gig, but the volunteers in the club don’t know what we’ll do without him. We have typically paid for 10 percent of Bob’s time, so that he can help organize and assist our volunteer actions, but Bob’s leadership role in helping the Montana Chapter has been worth many times that amount.

Call for Nominations for the Montana Chapter Executive Committee

The Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club has an 8-person volunteer executive committee whose members are elected to 2-year terms. We are seeking nominations for four executive committee seats that will be open at the end of 2015. If you would like to nominate yourself or another Sierra Club member, please contact Jonathan Matthews, at

Wolves under Pressure


Wolves in the Northern Rockies had their last break in September, when Endangered Species Act protections were restored for wolves in Wyoming. In December 2014, things looked up for wolves in the western Great Lakes Region when a federal court found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisting decision flawed because it would stop wolf recovery. FWS cannot designate a distinct population segment for purpose of delisting an ESA species.

Gearing Up To Support Grizzly In The Flathead

In early February, Sierra Club’s Our Wild America campaign and the Montana Chapter hosted a social at the Noice Gallery in Kalispell. The Flathead, an ecologically critical area known as the Crown of the Continent, is poised for some important changes. About 25 Club members, supporters, and friends gathered to visit and learn about opportunities for involvement in the unique area they call home.

Book Review: Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness, the Foundation for Conservation

This is a fascinating compilation of articles presenting one side of the argument for preservation of large chunks of the land and seas as parks and preserves to be allowed to "rewild". It is a wonderful text for the new science of biodiversity conservation. The request is, "50% for nature, 50% for man." The contention is that this is the only way to prevent the anthropocene.




The Montana Chapter also encourages its members to volunteer in any capacity they are able to. Whether its writing letters to decision-makers, phone banking, serving on committees or helping out at an event – volunteers, people just like you, make it happen. To become a volunteer, please contact one of the Sierra Club offices in Missoula (549- 1142), Bozeman (582-8365), or Billings (839-3333).

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