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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

The Whitefish Range in winter (photo by Steve Gnam)

Last week, the Forest Service released its final management plan for the Flathead National Forest, officially recommending nearly 80,000 acres of Wilderness in the Whitefish Range.

Bitter Creek Wilderness Study Area in the northeast corner of Montana (photo by Dee Linnell Blank)

We can’t thank Gov. Bullock enough for listening to Montanans and standing up for collaboration, inclusiveness, and transparency in deciding how our wildest public lands will be managed for the long haul.

The Gallatin Range (photo by Louise Johns)

MWA's history runs deep in the Custer Gallatin National Forest. In fact, our organization was founded by Montanans inspired to protect the wild Madison and Gallatin Ranges, both of which are located in the Forest.

The Whitefish Range (photo by Steve Gnam)

We’re pleased to report that the Forest Service is recommending the Whitefish Range, the Swan Front, and Jewel Basin for Wilderness and will manage these places to maintain their wild character and not allow motorized or mechanized transport within them. 

Fishing at Rock Lake in the Cabinet Mountains (photo by Steve Gnam)

We have been advocating for this office for more than four years now and applaud the governor’s choice to lead the office.

Eye of the Needle in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (photo by Eric Heidle)

There are still 25 other national monuments across the country under review, and if the federal government shrinks or eliminates any one of them, it could set a precedent that puts all 157 national monuments in jeopardy, including the three we have in Montana – the Breaks, Pompeys Pillar, and Little Bighorn Battlefield.