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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

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.

Elk rut at the Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuge (photo by Robert Hanson)

Senator Jon Tester voted for this bipartisan bill, and we thank him.

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

Stone Lake in the West Pioneers (photo by Sally Carlson)

Sen. Daines knows that his bill would overturn congressional mandate that prevents the U.S. Forest Service from damaging the wilderness character of five wilderness study areas on three national forests.

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.