Wild Word - August 2020

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Steve Daines' Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act includes several details aren’t really about wildfire protection and community safety (photo by Diana Proemm)

While Daines' bill contains a wide range of wildfire-focused elements, it also includes several of Daines’ old forest reform tricks that aren’t really about wildfire protection and community safety.

The Blackfoot Stewardship Act will protect the Blackfoot River by permanently protecting its most important tributaries, like the North Fork of the Blackfoot River (photo by Keely Damara)

The economic report shows that a healthy Blackfoot River has generated well over 9,000 guided outfitter days in 2018 and contributed to the $1 billion that angling generated and $400 million that hunting generated in Montana in 2017.

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Hiking near golden larch in the Sapphires Wilderness Study Area, one of the WSAs addressed in the EQC's draft report (photo by Zack Porter)

The EQC's draft report is another big step towards securing a collaborative place-based approach to determining the future of Montana's WSAs. 

The sun sets over the Scratchgravel Hills, where the BLM is attempting to allow motorized e-bikes on 40 miles of new non-motorized trails (photo by Robert Farrar)

The BLM plans to build 40 miles of non-motorized trails in the Scratchgravels — and to illegally allow motorized e-bikes on all of them. Here's what we can do about it. 

The Great American Outdoors Act will secures critical funding for public lands like Makoshika State Park (photo by Tracy McGiffin)

Montanans of many stripes are celebrating the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act, the final step in the long journey to secure full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.