Wild Word - October 2016

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

A Glacier National Park ranger at Two Medicine Lake (photo by Ryan Edwards)

Yesterday’s acquittal of seven involved in the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge came as a shock and saddening disappointment to all Montanans who care about our public lands.

Looking out over the Tenderfoot/Deep Creek roadless area towards the Smith River (photo by Mark Good)

Looking out on a clear day from the old Monument Peak fire lookout in the Little Belt Mountains, you can see Montana from top to bottom – from Chief Mountain along the Alberta border to the Beartooth Mountains along the Wyoming border.

Bob Ream by the Missouri River

In June, Garry Oye left his home in Mammoth Lakes, California and arrived two days later at Bob Ream’s front door in Helena’s historic west-side neighborhood.

“Our Last Refuge,” a 24-minute documentary film, tells the story of the Badger-Two Medicine and the decades-long struggle to protect it from oil and gas exploration.

The new film features voices from all sides of the struggle – Blackfeet elders, local conservationists, and even the law firm pushing for oil exploration.