Wild Word - September 2019

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Off-highway vehicles cross the Middle Fork of the Judith River (photo by Tom Kotynski) 

After decades of vehicle use, the once-thriving fishery of the Middle Fork of the Judith has been severely degraded.

Bull elk square off at Slippery Ann Elk Viewing Area at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (photo by John Lee)

The National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the BLM have historically required that motorized use on public lands be limited to roads, trails, and areas explicitly designated as allowing motorized use. Not anymore.