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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

The headwaters of the Clearwater River (Lee Boman)

Today. Sen. Jon Tester announced that he's reintroducing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, which would add nearly 80,000 acres to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat, and Mission Mountains Wilderness Areas. 

Hiking in the Quigg West Wilderness Study Area east of Hamilton (photo by Zack Porter)

In its preferred management alternative, the BLM would protect zero acres of land that have been identified as having wilderness characteristics. 

Dovetail, a land with wilderness characteristics not protected in the 2019 Lewistown RMP (photo by Aubrey Bertram)

The Interior Department trashed that original version of the RMP and its recommendations, which came about after a transparent public process that included local input, citizen surveys, and a healthy regard for what makes this part of Montana special.

Hyalite Canyon (Michael Beckworth)

Mountaineer and climber Anne Gilbert Chase shares why icy alpine starts, sunrises and sunsets atop towering peaks, and sore muscles after a long day of adventure have motiovated her to comment on the Custer Gallatin National Forest plan. 

The Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area in the Gallatin Range (photo by Louise Johns)

MWA will work diligently towards ensuring that the legislative committee addressing our WSAs adheres to a set of principles laid down in a letter to our Congressional delegation, which was signed by more than 3,000 Montanans last year.

Looking for dinosaur bones in Makoshika State Park (photo by Tracy McGiffin)

The legislative session runs from January to May, and we're taking our advocacy efforts to the Capitol to fight for the protection of our public lands. We'll be updating this post throughout the session, so check back for all the latest.