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Mission Statement

The Great Burn Study Group is dedicated to achieving wilderness designation for the proposed Great Burn Wilderness and to conserving the wild and remote character of the northern Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana and northern Idaho.


The Great Burn Study Group (GBSG) is a non-profit grassroots conservation organization working in western Montana and northern Idaho, built from the ground up since 1971. We have thirty year's success influencing National Forest policy through pragmatic work with citizens, elected officials, and Forest Service decision makers. GBSG collaborates with diverse interests to reach creative, community based solutions for management of our public lands.

GBSG has two interrelated program areas:

The Forest Stewards Program sends citizen volunteers and field crew into the backcountry year-round to document land conditions and human impact, and conduct wildlife inventories. They also participate in special improvement projects like trail restoration, campsite relocation, and treatment of invasive species.

Our second program area is Forest Policy which is aimed at influencing favorable forest management policies in our mission area. We encourage and facilitate citizen participation and involvement in the public process. Through constant contact with the USFS, local officials, and community members, GBSG is engaged in forest planning at all levels and with all stakeholders.

We achieve our objectives through collaborative work with other conservation organizations, recreational associations, the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the National Forest Foundation. We focus on on-the-ground projects and programs which benefit the land and the surrounding communities.

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