Traditional, quiet recreation in our national forests is increasingly threatened by powerful off-road vehicles that shatter solitude, frighten wildlife, and damage trails, wetlands and mountain streams. Improved technology allows motor vehicles to go farther, higher, and faster across rugged terrain. This explosion of motorized intrusion on Montana’s finest public land is met by weak, outdated land management plans.
While the scarring impacts on the ground are significant, there is an exponentially more negative effect: it becomes much more difficult to protect wildlands once motorized use begets an established constituency in an area.
In response, the Montana Wilderness Association initiated the Quiet Trails program in 1994. Our goal is to restore quiet mountain trails, protect wildlands and habitats, and continue Montana’s quiet outdoor traditions.