Wild Word - May 2020

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

The Big Snowies (Zack Porter)

We’re pleased the Forest Service recognized the importance of conserving the wildest areas along the continental divide and in the Big Snowies. 

Hikers exploring BLM land on the Rocky Mountain Front (photo by Gene Sentz)

The Department of the Interior is pushing a top-down plan to allow motorized e-bikes on non-motorized BLM trails.

Noncompetitive oil and gas leasing creates no jobs, hurts our local economies, and, in the case of central Montana, is unlikely to lead to any oil and gas production (photo by Tony Bynum)

The threat to central Montana’s wildest places is not abstract: these lands could be in private hands by next summer, and the agency has demonstrated it has no interest in keeping central Montana wild. 

Wildflowers bloom in the Scapegoat Wilderness and Helena National Forest (photo by Jesse Lee Varnado)

In January of 2019, a dozen representatives agreed to pursue a unified management agenda incorporating wilderness, conservation areas, motorized recreation, mountain biking, fire mitigation, and forest restoration.