The Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument is a Helena-based 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 2001 to support 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. Our mission is to protect and preserve the Monument by educating the public, advocating for responsible access and environmentally responsible uses, and to support groups and agencies that protect and restore the Monument.
The Friends work with the Bureau of Land Management to create meaningful stewardship and volunteer events that directly benefit the Monument, and thus all who recreate on it. The Monument stretches from the town of Fort Benton all the way to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, following a 150-mile stretch of the Missouri River and 375,000 acres of public land. Every year, we organize and oversee volunteer events such as cottonwood cuttings, plantings, and waterings as well as river-cleanups, ultimately geared toward protecting and preserving the Monument’s wild features.
Rich in ecological and cultural history, the Monument is a prime destination for outdoor recreational activities, including hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and boating. However, few Montanans are aware of all the Monument has to offer. We believe that every Montanan deserves to know about and visit one of Montana’s national treasures. We provide information about how to recreate on the Monument safely and responsibly, and encourage everyone to help be a steward of one of Montana’s most protected areas of land.