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The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, part of Rocky Mountain Research Station, is an interagency, multi-bureau, federal research facility located on the campus of the University of Montana. The institute’s impact is national and international in scope, and its work is guided by an interagency wilderness policy council and steering committee. 

Leopold Institute scientists focus on wilderness and wildlands protected areas issues and have a long history of supporting managers stewarding the U.S. National Wilderness Preservation System, as well as collaborating with academic, NGO, community, and other partners within the U.S. and internationally.

The Leopold Institute recognizes that wilderness means different things to different people.  Our research and research application programs address the breadth of these meanings.