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.

In Memoriam - Bob Hopkins

Bob Hopkins, 67, of Missoula, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, with family at his side. He attended Western Washington State College, and joined the Air Force in 1973, and over the next 20 years was stationed around the world, earning the rank of master sergeant before retiring in 1993.

Sierra Club Files Suit to Stop Additional Powder River Basin Mining

Even though Arch Coal recently abandoned its plans to strip mine Otter Creek for coal, as the market for coal plummets, the Bureau of Land Management has recently released Resource Management Plans (RMPs) that call for keeping open more than 10 million acres of federal land for oil and gas drilling and coal mining in the nearby Powder River Basin. The RMPs make possible 11 billion tons of new coal mining and 18,000 new oil and gas wells.

Badger Two Medicine Oil and Gas Leases Withdrawn!

On March 17, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has withdrawn all oil and gas leases from the Badger-Two Medicine area of the Lewis and Clark National Forest.  The BLM ruled that the leases had been improperly issued during the administration of Ronald Reagan, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historical Preservation Act.  This is great news for the wildlife of this area, the Blackfeet Tribe, and all who enjoy and love wild lands.


Wolves Under Pressure

For the Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf, 2011 was an eventful year. The minimum number of wolves in Montana peaked at 653 wolves, and protections under the Endangered Species Act were removed. Delisting came with U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) five-year oversight to ensure Montana maintained a meager 150 wolves and 15 breeding pairs. That five-year oversight period is ending. But pressure to suppress the wolf population continues.

Otter Creek Coal Plans Abandoned!

Because it would be a disaster for Montana and for the health of our planet, the Montana Chapter of the Sierra Club has been working for years to prevent Arch Coal’s planned Otter Creek coal mine and the Tongue River Railroad. It is with relief and joy that we celebrate the early-March announcement that Arch Coal is ending its efforts to develop what would have been the largest new coal mine in the country. This follows similarly good news this past November, when the Tongue River Railroad Company asked the U.S. Surface Transportation Board to put its permitting request on hold.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane!… It’s a Scenic Tour Overflight!

Photo by Mark Huftstetler,

Scenic helicopter air tours over our national parks are disruptive to Park visitors and wildlife alike. Glacier National Park is a poster child for this problem. The Montana Chapter is working with Friends of a Quiet Glacier, a coalition to reclaim the quiet of the Park. The coalition includes the National Park Conservation Association, Sierra Club, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Wilderness Watch, and the Swan View Coalition, among others.

In Memoriam - Ann Maechtlen


On Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, Ann Maechtlen died in her beloved home immersed in the loving care of her family, friends and cats. Ann was an adventurer, healer and environmental advocate, who made friends wherever she traveled. Ann’s philosophy was “think about what kind of future you want and get busy creating it.” She was an avid supporter of the Sierra Club and we miss her.





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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