ATS: Answer the Call of the Wild. Wildfest 2015

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The Montana Wilderness Association (MWA) is celebrating Montana’s wild places with free fun for the whole family on Saturday, September 12th at our own Fairmont Hot Springs, and ATS will be there!  

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This event is free and open to the public and there will be live music, hikes, activities, food, and recreation information from around the state.  Last year’s Wildfest was held at Seeley Lake, and over 600 people came out to celebrate the wild. 

MWA has asked ATS members to come and enjoy the festivities, and is also providing us the opportunity to share our work and local assets with the crowd.  MWA is waiving ATS’ tabling fees, but is asking for volunteers for the event.  Please consider volunteering, attending or both at this year’s Wildfest 2015, right in our own backyard. 

HIKES – 8:30AM, Depart from Pavilion
There are 6 area hikes planned for all skill levels, ranging from 3 to 8 miles.  You can find more information on hikes at (or at link above), where you can also sign up for the hikes; please sign up early, as spots are limited.

INDOOR PROGRAM 2PM-4PM, Fairmont Conference Center
Presentations on: Continental Divide Trail and Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness (Where Roads Will Never Reach)

Information tables on recreation and events around the state 

ON THE LAWN 2PM-9:30PM, Fairmont outside Pavilion
Music: Dublin Gulch (5:00PM), Kitchen Dwellers (7:30PM)
BBQ Dinner (7:00PM, no host)
Welcome to Wildfest (7:00PM)
Silent Auction


MWA needs help at the Welcome Table, with set up, clean up, selling 50/50 raffle tickets and more!

To volunteer, contact Amanda Hagerty at or call (406) 443-7350 ext. 108 and receive a volunteer t-shirt or MWA merchandise.

Community Support Needed!

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We are once again teaming up with the Anaconda Local Development Corporation to pursue funding for the Anaconda-Crackerville Greenway (ACG) through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ (FWP) Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

Click HERE or visit our Projects page for more information about this exciting multi-use trail project!

Our 2015 RTP grant application is requesting $90,000 of FWP RTP funding to complete Phase I of the ACG, to include easement acquisition and final trail design. Our fabulous team is wrapping up this application right now, but a critical part of a successful grant application is showing strong community support. This is where we need your help!

Letters of Support are a great way for us to show that our community stands behind the Anaconda-Crackerville Greenway project. Below are various templates and samples to get you started. You can send signed letters to the Arrowhead Foundation, who as been providing technical assistance throughout this project, before 27 February 2015 so we can include them with our application.

Arrowhead Foundation
118 East 7th Street, 3rd floor
Anaconda, MT 59711


Thank you in advance for your support! We cannot wait to keep you updated on our progress.

Template (Generic)   Sample (Businesses)   Sample (Individuals)  Sample (Organizations)

Bicycle Clean-up Bill, HB-280

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Bike Walk Montana has a bill in front of the House Transportation Committee this Wednesday afternoon.  HB-280, the Bicycle Clean-up Bill, could make some great and very needed improvements to the State’s current bicycle laws. The Bicycle Clean-up Bill seeks to remove outdated language related to bicycling in the State statutes and adopting current national practices. In this way, HB-280 will provide the clarification motorists and bicyclists need to create safer road conditions for both motorists and pedestrians. A summary of HB-280, provided by Bike Walk Montana, is below. You can also read the bill HERE.

HB-280 Summary

Action Needed!

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On Thursday, November 20th the National Forest Service held a public meeting presenting the proposed remedial action to be taken in the Georgetown Railroad Bed Site.  The meeting was led by Bob Wintergerst of the Forest Service, who indicated that the project – as planned – does not include the repurposing of the railroad bed as a recreational trail. Mr. Wintergerst stated that this was due to a Federal mandate prohibiting the addition of new trail miles because of a lack of maintenance of existing National Forest recreational trails. CLICK HERE for more information about the proposed remedial action.

Though ATS had a great show of support at this meeting, few other residents, community groups, or local government representatives were involved. During this public comment period, which ends on December 15th, sending letters to Mr. Wintergerst is the only way for our community to advocate for the positive reuse of this piece of our history. With such little community involvement and awareness of this important decision, we feel it is prudent to request that the public comment period for the Georgetown Railroad Bed Site be extended.

We cannot miss this opportunity to begin establishing a western trail with connections to Georgetown and Anaconda!

Please send a letter to Bob Wintergerst to express your favor for the reuse of the Georgetown Railroad Bed as a recreational trail, as well as the need for an extended public comment period. Letter templates are available below for you to reference or edit.

Thank you for your help! If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us via the Contact Us page.

Bob Wintergerst, On Scene Coordinator
USDA Forest Service-Northern Regional Office
Regional Engineering Group
5785 Highway 10 W
Missoula, MT 59807


Sample Letters: Template A  Template B  Template C



Public Meeting for Georgetown Railroad

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On Thursday, 20 November in the upper room of the Hearst Free Library from 6:00 – 7:30p is a public meeting regarding the Georgetown Railroad cleanup.  The meeting will be lead by Bob Wintergerst of the Forest Service. It is important to have a strong representation of local recreationalist at this meeting.

This cleanup could potentially be the first step to establishing a trail from Anaconda to Georgetown Lake.  Numerous agencies will be involved including the County, MT Department of Transportation, Atlantic Richfield Company, the Forest Service, and private land owners.  It will be a multi-year effort, but this trail has the potential to provide numerous positive impacts within Anaconda-Deer Lodge and Granite Counties specifically in the areas of public health and safety, community vitality, and economic stability.

We hope you will attend and bring as many people with you as possible! Below is a map we received during our last meeting with the National Forest Service regarding this exciting project.


Ales for Trails 2014

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Such an amazing turn out for our 2nd annual Ales for Trails! Thank you to the incredible musicians, brewers, and volunteers for providing a spectacular evening; and a big thank you to everyone who came out to support trail development in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County.

A4T 2014        A4T 2014