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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Paddling through the Blackfoot Clearwater (Zack Porter)

Read all about renewed hope for new wilderness in the Blackfoot Clearwater, two BLM management plans that fail our public lands, and more.

Buffalo Lakes in the Badger-Two Medicine (photo by Gene Sentz)

Last week, he reintroduced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. This week, Sen. Tester introduced a Senate resolution calling on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to uphold the Interior Department’s commitment to the Blackfeet Nation and defend its cancellation of oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine.

The headwaters of the Clearwater River (Lee Boman)

Today. Sen. Jon Tester announced that he's reintroducing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, which would add nearly 80,000 acres to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat, and Mission Mountains Wilderness Areas. 

Hiking in the Quigg West Wilderness Study Area east of Hamilton (photo by Zack Porter)

In its preferred management alternative, the BLM would protect zero acres of land that have been identified as having wilderness characteristics. 

Dovetail, a land with wilderness characteristics not protected in the 2019 Lewistown RMP (photo by Aubrey Bertram)

The Interior Department trashed that original version of the RMP and its recommendations, which came about after a transparent public process that included local input, citizen surveys, and a healthy regard for what makes this part of Montana special.