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

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)

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.

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 Badger-Two Medicine, with Glacier National Park in the background (photo by Gene Sentz)

The Badger-Two Medicine, with Glacier National Park in the background (photo by Gene Sentz)

Today the U.S. Department of the Interior cancelled the last two remaining leases in the Badger-Two Medicine, marking a major victory in an epic battle against oil and gas development on the Rocky Mountain Front that began 35 years ago. 

The wild Swan Mountains (photo by Lance Boyd)

The wild Swan Mountains (photo by Lance Boyd)

This agreement serves as the latest example of the success folks have when they recognize there is room enough for everyone on our public lands and focus on what they can agree on rather than what they can’t.

Skiing in the Little Belts near Neihart (photo by Roland Taylor)

Skiing in the Little Belts near Neihart (photo by Roland Taylor)

We have every reason to expect a fight over our public lands, and MWA is ready for this fight.