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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Fishing at Rock Lake in the Cabinet Mountains (photo by Steve Gnam)

We have been advocating for this office for more than four years now and applaud the governor’s choice to lead the office.

A banner thanking firefighters hangs from the Montana Wilderness Association main office in Helena.

As the fire season grows from bad to worse, Montanans across our beautiful state are steadily growing more alarmed. Entire communities have been evacuated, and it seems each day there’s a new neighborhood in the crosshairs of another conflagration.

Fishing in the Beartooths (photo by Jan MacKenzie)

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the report is that the old “economy versus conservation” dichotomy no longer applies. As this data shows, our economy actually depends on conservation of our public lands. 

Eye of the Needle in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Eric Heidle)

There are still 25 other national monuments across the country under review, and if the federal government shrinks or eliminates any one of them, it could set a precedent that puts all 157 national monuments in jeopardy, including the three we have in Montana – the Breaks, Pompeys Pillar, and Little Bighorn Battlefield.

Hoodoos in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Curt Shugart)

Thousands of years ago people traveled to the Missouri River Breaks to camp and hunt along the river, to share stories with family and friends, and to establish traditions and find inspiration in an unparalleled landscape.

In the Beartooths above Mystic and Island Lakes (photo by Dexter Hale)

Make no mistake, this budget places the 100-plus-year legacy of the Forest Service on the chopping block while the agency’s own hands are tied behind its back.