Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument is the 501(c)(3) friends group of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument – where the Wild and Scenic Missouri River flows through nearly half-a-million acres of central Montana prairies and badlands.

The Monument is one of the crown jewels of the National Conservation Lands. The Monument is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and is public land that belongs to all Americans.

The Friends were established in 2001. We’re the only locally based advocacy group working to protect the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The Friends aim to protect and preserve the Monument by:

  • Educating the public
  • Advocating for responsible access and environmentally responsible uses
  • Supporting groups and agencies that protect and restore the Monument

Recent Posts

River Dispatch – More photos from the Wild and Scenic Missouri

This dispatch was sent by Kevin Maher and/or Sabrina Smits, Friends seasonal staff on the river this year. A huge thanks to our project supporters — including NorthWestern Energy, BLM, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and our members, for investing in our cottonwoods work.

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Above: Tree Caretakers Sabrina Smits (left), Kevin Maher and Executive Director Beth Kampschror breaking in our brand-new Friends shirts (thank you, Patagonia!) early in the season.


Above: Friends member John Todd (longtime river guide, currently working out of Bozeman with Montana Wilderness Association) scrambling around the bottom of LaBarge Rock, across the river from Eagle Creek campground.


Above: Tree Caretaker Kevin Maher taking a selfie at Steamboat Rock, a mile behind the Dark Butte cottonwood restoration site.


Above: One of our new saplings boasting lots of new growth as a red sun sets on a smoky evening.


Above: Snake skin at the Dark Butte restoration site. We’ve nicknamed this site “The Snake Pit” for the large number of bull snakes and rattlesnakes.


Above: Tree Caretaker Sabrina Smits recording data of naturally regenerated cottonwood growth.


Above: Sunset on the Missouri.

— Kevin Maher and Sabrina Smits, Tree Caretakers

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