Public Lands 101

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Protecting the Last Best Public Lands

Almost 30 percent of Montana belongs to you and to me, but only 3.7 percent is protected as wilderness. Montana's precious public lands are critical to our work. These unparalleled landscapes are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. These agencies have widely varying restrictions on public and private use as they manage diverse wildlife and ecosystems, ranging from marshy wetlands and fast rivers to majestic, soaring peaks.

More than 80 percent of Montanans pursue some form of outdoor recreation and much of it is dependent on public waterways and public land. Will you help us protect the best of it?

Wilderness Areas

Wilderness Areas are protected from development, shielded from industry and preserved for future generations to come. 

Wilderness Study Areas

WSAs have many of the same characteristics of designated Wilderness areas, but have not yet been granted...

Roadless Areas

Millions of acres of public lands in Montana are “roadless,” an inadequate description for some of...

National Forests

National Forests are federally owned and managed by the United States Forest Service as part of the United States...

National Parks

Two national parks exist entirely or partially within Montana's borders: Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park.