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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

In the Beartooths above Mystic and Island Lakes (photo by Dexter Hale)

Make no mistake, this budget places the 100-plus-year legacy of the Forest Service on the chopping block while the agency’s own hands are tied behind its back.

Along the White Cliffs section of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Roland Taylor)

Today, 77% Montanans support our designated national monuments. Nevertheless, President Trump ordered Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review national monuments larger than 100,000 acres that were designated after 1996.

The Gallatin Crest in the Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area (photo by John Todd)

White’s wish-list resolution doesn’t stop at Montana’s borders. It also calls for the release of wilderness study areas in other states.

Ten Lakes Scenic Area (photo by Dee Linnell Blank)

The Ten Lakes Wildernes Study Area is woven into a larger network of wild country, providing connectivity to the Whitefish Range and Glacier National Park.

Atop Mt. Furlong in the Great Bear Wilderness (photo by Michael Reavis)

Yesterday was the opening day of Congress, and the House of Representatives wasted no time laying the groundwork for not just selling off our public lands, but giving them away for free.

Sun setting over Square Butte (photo by Bill Stricklin)

H.R. 2316 would strip the Forest Service’s authority over millions of acres of forest lands and hand over management of these lands to state-appointed “advisory committees,” comprised of extractive industry representatives and county officials. These committees would manage millions of acres of National Forest lands – designated by Congress as “community forest demonstration areas” – in any way the committees choose.