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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Stone Lake in the West Pioneers (photo by Sally Carlson)

Sen. Daines knows that his bill would overturn congressional mandate that prevents the U.S. Forest Service from damaging the wilderness character of five wilderness study areas on three national forests.

Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area (photo by Eric Ian)

Just when we thought the attacks on our wildest, most pristine public lands couldn’t get worse, yesterday Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced two bills that would open over 700,000 acres of public lands to hard-rock mining, oil and gas development, commercial logging, and motorized recreation. 

In the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (photo by Louise Johns)

Montanans deserve to have a voice in the future management of the Gallatin Range, Sapphires, Big Snowies, and the other wild places set aside by the Montana Wilderness Study Act.

Rooster Comb in the Sapphire Wilderness Study Area

If Senator Steve Daines has his way, you might find a gold mine where you used to find native trout up beautiful Blue Joint Creek or off-road vehicles ripping through vast wet meadows in the Sapphires, some of the best elk habitat in the Lower 48.

The Gallatin Range (photo by Louise Johns)

MWA's history runs deep in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. In fact, our organization was founded by Montanans inspired to protect the wild Madison and Gallatin Ranges, both of which are located in the Forest.