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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Looking out over the Big Snowies (photo by Zack Porter)

From the Big Snowies to the Badger-Two Medicine, the future of wild country along hundreds of miles of the wild Continental Divide and in seven awesome island ranges of central Montana is at stake in a recently released draft forest plan for the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area near Glasgow in northeast Montana (photo by Dee Linnell Blank)

The damage these bills could do to our community water supplies, our fish and wildlife populations, and our $7 billion outdoor recreation economy could be devastating.

Volunteers on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (photo by Matt Bowser)

Every single dime MWA receives in public funding goes into our trail stewardship work.

Sunset in the Terry Badlands Wilderness Study Area (photo by Kelly Wicks)

The numbers in the poll prove that nearly all Montanans value the economic, recreational, cultural, and habitat value of our public lands. Rep. Gianforte and Sen. Daines clearly don't agree. 

Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area in the northeast corner of Montana (photo by Dee Linnell Blank)

We can’t thank Gov. Bullock enough for listening to Montanans and standing up for collaboration, inclusiveness, and transparency in deciding how our wildest public lands will be managed for the long haul.