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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

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.

The Centennials (photo by Eric Clark)

The right way involves the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, which would add 80,000 acres to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat, and Mission Mountains Wilderness Areas

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. 

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 Bob Marshall Wilderness Area (photo by Zack Porter)

Congressman Gianforte turned his back on Montana's time-honored backcountry values and traditions and on the places we hold so dear.

Blue Joint Wilderness Study Area in western Montana (photo by Zack Porter)

If this bill were to pass, it would represent the single biggest loss of protected public lands in our state’s history.