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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. A membership-based, nonprofit organization, our board and advisors include some of the nation’s top scientists and conservationists.

Our Mission: Secure the ecological integrity of the Wild Rockies Bioregion* through citizen empowerment and the application of conservation biology, sustainable economic models and environmental law.

*The term “bioregion” refers to a physiographic region of wildlands that are biologically connected.

The Wild Rockies Bioregion includes wildlands in parts of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, and British Columbia.

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.

Michael Garrity, Executive Director РTreasurer Mike ensures that AWR programs are based as much in sound economics as they are in biological science.

Paul Edwards

Scott Berry

Steve Kelly

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.

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

Dr. John Craighead World-renowned scientist honored by The National Geographic Society. He pioneered grizzly bear research and is founder of the Craighead Wildlife-Wildlands Institute.

Derek Craighead

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

Dr. Charles Jonkel Internationally recognized bear biologist with over 70 research papers on grizzly bear, polar bear, and black bear. He is the founder of the International Wildlife Film Festival.

Ron Mitchell Director of the Idaho Sporting Congress.

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.

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

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.

The Greater Wild Rockies

In recognition of increasing biological evidence, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies board of directors recently expanded AWR’s active area of concern in the greater Wild Rockies to the Uinta and Wasatch Mountain Ranges in Utah and south into the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah. There have been documented sightings of goshawk, lynx and wolves believed to have moved south from Idaho and Wyoming.

Visionary organizations, such as The Wildlands Project, have long advocated a continental approach to protection and restoration of the greater Rocky Mountains.

Moreover, as grizzly bears in northwest Wyoming expand their range south, potential connections to Utah for multiple wildlife species become more realistic.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies remains committed to implementing its mission within its portion of the greater Rocky Mountains.

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