Wild Word - November 2020

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Even in tough conditions, we're anticipating real progress for public lands in the 2021 Montana Legislature (George R. Mann/Library of Congress)

With the 2020 election fading, with much kicking and screaming, into the distance, it’s time to dig into what the state-level results could mean for Montana’s public lands.

The Bureau of Land Management's new environmental assessment for the Pryor Mountains falls well short (photo by Kenneth McClane)

The BLM's new environmental assessment for the Pryor Mountains travel plan is a slight improvement over the original, but still fails to meet its legal requirements to protect wildlife, ecology, and cultural resources.

A new day breaks over the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument (photo by Matthew Kessler)

For the last four years, the outgoing administration has systematically attacked our public lands. Taking meaningful steps to repair this immense damage must be the Biden administration’s first public-lands priority.

We're monitoring the results of the top-tier races and sharing our initial response to each of those results (photo by John Fecteau)

This election will have greater implications for public lands than any other in modern memory. Results could translate into an enormous win for conservation, a mix of opportunity and challenge, or something altogether daunting.