Alliance for the Wild Rockies

Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR) formed in 1988 to meet the challenge of saving the Northern Rockies Bioregion from habitat destruction. We are thousands of individuals, business owners, and organizations taking a bioregional approach to protect and restore this great region.

Our mission is to secure the ecological integrity of the Wild Rockies Bioregion through citizen empowerment and the application of conservation biology, sustainable economic models and environmental law.

We have worked to protect thousands of acres of old growth forests from road building and logging in Montana’s Seeley-Swan Valley. We have stopped a 2,900 acre timber sale on the western border of Yellowstone National Park, saving 500 acres of old growth forest and preventing new logging roads from cutting into grizzly bear and lynx habitat. We have fought for native species both large and small, from mountain lions and wolverines to bull trout and ground squirrels.  

We are educating the public every day about the value of old growth forests and clean mountain watersheds. We are actively promoting the conservation of biological corridors between wilderness areas so that grizzlies, lynx, wolves, bison, and countless other native species can not only survive, but thrive.

We are one of the smallest environmental organizations in the country, yet we have a huge impact. A membership-based, nonprofit organization, our board and advisors include some of the nation’s top scientists and conservationists, and their research and experience strongly supports the argument for the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.

AWR Board of Directors

Gary Macfarlane

President

Gary is current Forest Watch Director with Friends of the Clearwater in Moscow, ID. Gary has been involved in wildland and wildlife conservation issues for over 20 years.

Scott Berry

A lifelong resident of Utah and a mostly retired trial lawyer, Scott has been involved with conservation efforts in Utah since the late 60’s, when he joined the effort to stop the Trans Escalante Highway from being built across what is now the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Michael Garrity

Executive Director - Treasurer

Mike ensures that AWR programs are based as much in sound economics as they are in biological science.

Steve Kelly

Paul Edwards

AWR Board of Advisors

Stewart Brandborg

A former executive director of The Wilderness Society and a key figure in passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act and the Alaska Lands Act.

Derek Craighead

Ron Mitchell

Director of the Idaho Sporting Congress.

Kathy Togni

An attorney with long experience in environmental law including involvement with the Friends of the Wild Swan.

Tim Coleman

Executive director of the Kettle Range Conservation Group in Republic, Washington.

Jim Dayton

Founder of Wilderness Watch and has several decades experience in the conservation movement.

Arlene Montgomery

Program Director for Friends of the Wild Swan. She has been active in Northern Rockies regional environmental issues since 1988.

Chuck Pezeshki

Professor at WSU in mechanical engineering with a strong interest in
environmental protection and author of the book Wild to the Last: Environmental Conflict in the Clearwater Country.

Howie Wolke

Wilderness guide and author of Wilderness On the Rocks and co-author of “The Big Outside.”

George Wuerthner

Widely published writer, photographer, and ecologist.

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