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Wild westslope cutthroat trout, caught and released (photo by C.S. Nafzger/Shutterstock)

In addition to hybridization, habitat loss and degradation have also contributed to the cutthroat’s reduced range in Montana.

Originally built to give the Forest Service access the forest over the Kootenai River, the swinging bridge outside of Libby was rebuilt after a flood in 1984 destroyed its foundation (photo by Kevin League)

Spanning 2.2 million acres in the northwest corner of the state, the Kootenai National Forest is one of the largest national forests in Montana. 

Remembering Jim Posewitz, Montana conservation leader and visionary (photo by Kenton Rowe)

Jim Posewitz passed away on July 3, leaving behind a legacy that we should all strive to live up to.

Trail from Crystal Lake to the Ice Caves in the Snowies (photo by Ellen Whittle)

For those seeking to enjoy a day away from heavily-trafficked trails, the Ice Cave Loop Trail in the Big Snowy Mountains offers a unique opportunity to explore one of Montana’s lesser-known island ranges and a 100-foot-wide cave that features ice year-round.

Wranglers packing supplies into the Bob Marshall Wilderness (photo by Sharon Warlick)

Smoke Elser, a founding member of Montana Wilderness Association, played an integral role in establishing the Great Bear Wilderness.

Bald eagles are the second largest bird of prey in the U.S., with a wingspan up to 8 feet (photo by Andrew Morffew)

The Kootenai National Forest encompasses wild places like the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, Scotchman Peaks, and Yaak Valley, and it’s also home to grizzly bears, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, westslope cutthroat trout, and so much more.