• A hiker pauses at the Picnic Lakes in the Jewel Basin.

Montana’s Public Lands

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Photo by Ian Cameron

Almost 30 percent of Montana belongs to you and to me; 3.7 percent is protected as wilderness. The extensive public lands here are just some of the landscapes critical to our work. The lands are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. These agencies have widely varying restrictions on public and private use as they manage diverse wildlife and ecosystems that range from fast rivers to soaring peaks to marshy wetlands.

More than 80 percent of Montanans pursue some form of outdoor recreation and much of it is dependent on public waterways and public land. Will you help us protect the best of it?

Wilderness Areas

A Wilderness Area is protected from development, shielded from industry and preserved for future generations to come. Montana is home…

Wilderness Study Areas

Wilderness study areas (WSAs) have many of the same characteristics of a designated Wilderness area but have not yet been granted the…

Roadless Areas

Millions of acres of public lands in Montana are “roadless,” a poor description for the last of the best of our public lands…

National Forests

National Forests are federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service, part of the United States Department of Agriculture.…

National Parks

There are two national parks that either exist entirely or partially within Montana's borders. Yellowstone National Park, the first…