Celebrating Our Conservation Legacy

Montana Conservation Elders (MCE) is an independent group of dedicated men and women who have spent their lives defending Montana’s wild and quiet landscapes, clean free-flowing waters, abundant and diverse wildlife populations, and access to our public lands and waters. The inspirational conservation movement in Montana has a long history involving many courageous individuals who have achieved successes in protecting our most magnificent landscapes which Montanans cherish so dearly.

Photo: Montana Conservation Elders members at the June, 2021 memorial event celebration the life of Jim Posewitz.

MCE members know that history and are eager to continue that kind of activism. In particular, we want to pass the stories of the achievements of Montana conservationists to the younger generations of Montanans so as to motivate them to continue the legacy.

Many MCE members are in the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame. Other members are destined to become inductees.

We are citizens of Montana and the democracy that is the United States. Our public lands are a public trust, something of immense value to be passed on to the generations to follow.

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To understand and embrace the values of the wild and the actions that make it happen

The protection of Wilderness areas of Montana, our other public lands, the clean waters and the flora and fauna represent our core values. We want to protect these priceless and irreplaceable resources for the generations that follow us.

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Speaking for Wilderness

MCE is creating our speakers bureau so that we can go to those interested in our love of Montana’s wild places.  We are willing to partner with individuals, groups, schools, museums, libraries, conservation groups and others to teach the  history of conservation in Montana.

Learn more about our Speakers Bureau