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Along the Gallatin Crest in the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (photo by Louise Johns)

Along the Gallatin Crest in the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (photo by Louise Johns)

On the summit of Mount Blackmore, I stand in awe of my surroundings. The landscape in my backyard never ceases to amaze me. 

Alpenglow on Gray Wolf Peak in the Mission Mountains (photo by Uschi Carpenter)

Alpenglow on Gray Wolf Peak in the Mission Mountains (photo by Uschi Carpenter)

The week before transmittal saw a flurry of activity as legislators hurried to pass any remaining bills ahead of the deadline. 

Silhouette of backpacker in the Mission Mountains (photo by Bohdi Venery)

Silhouette of backpacker in the Mission Mountains (photo by Bohdi Venery)

I could write a love letter to Montana’s public lands that would last 21 years. 

The crest of the Big Snowies (photo by Dexter Hale)

The crest of the Big Snowies (photo by Dexter Hale)

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest (HLCNF) belongs to every American, and every one of us has an opportunity to shape its future. 

The Gallatin Crest in the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (photo by John Todd)

The Gallatin Crest in the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (photo by John Todd)

White’s wish-list resolution doesn’t stop at Montana’s borders. It also calls for the release of wilderness study areas in other states. 

Mountaineering in the Bitterroot Mountains (photo by Brian Christianson)

Mountaineering in the Bitterroot Mountains (photo by Brian Christianson)

A new pro-transfer strategy involves introducing county pilot projects and passing state legislative resolutions that create the appearance of support for lands transfer.