Wild Word - February 2019

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Mt. Blackmore in the Gallatin Range (photo by Louise Johns)

The recreation pressure in these mountains is building, and we need to convince the Forest Service to recommend permanent protection for the Gallatin Range over the next year, or we could very well not have another chance.

North Fork of the Blackfoot (photo by Eric Ian)

As “Hallowed Waters” beautifully demonstrates, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) will permanently protect the key tributaries of the iconic Blackfoot River and thereby help ensure that the entire Blackfoot watershed remains a stable and healthy fishery for native westslope cutthroat and bull trout.

The Whitefish Range in winter (photo by Steve Gnam)

Last week, the Forest Service released its final management plan for the Flathead National Forest, officially recommending nearly 80,000 acres of Wilderness in the Whitefish Range.