Wild Word - January 2017

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Mountaineering in the Bitterroot Mountains (photo by Brian Christianson)

A new pro-transfer strategy involves introducing county pilot projects and passing state legislative resolutions that create the appearance of support for lands transfer.

Ten Lakes Scenic Area (photo by Dee Linnell Blank)

The Ten Lakes Wildernes Study Area is woven into a larger network of wild country, providing connectivity to the Whitefish Range and Glacier National Park.

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 Badger-Two Medicine (photo by Gene Sentz)

Like most great conservation victories, this one’s been a long time coming, and the story of the fight to protect the Badger is filled with individuals who have put in the work of a lifetime.

View of Big Baldy in the Little Belts (photo by Eric Visocan)

Through the forest plan process, the Forest Service will be making crucial decisions about secure habitat, clean headwaters, and quiet recreation on one of Montana’s wildest and most diverse national forests.

Atop Mt. Furlong in the Great Bear Wilderness (photo by Michael Reavis)

Yesterday was the opening day of Congress, and the House of Representatives wasted no time laying the groundwork for not just selling off our public lands, but giving them away for free.