MTPR

Montana Wilderness Association

National Forest Wilderness Sign
Jason Crotty (CC-BY-2)

Montana Wilderness advocates are launching a campaign in opposition to a bill introduced by the state’s Republican Senator Steve Daines. If passed, that bill would eliminate protections for some federal lands in Montana.

A bird's eye view of the southern reaches of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
Josh Burnham

Two Montana wilderness bills are getting hearings Wednesday in an important U.S. Senate committee. There’s disagreement over whether they should be linked.

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is sponsoring one of the bills it will hear Wednesday. It would remove wilderness study area designations in five Montana places encompassing nearly half-a-million acres.

David Nickelson on a handcycle in Glacier Park.
Jacob Frank, National Parks Service

Montana's Representative Greg Gianforte Wednesday voted for a bill that would allow bicycles in wilderness areas. The bill is drawing mixed reactions.

Republican Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation Thursday that would end wilderness study area protections for some federal lands in Montana. But conservation groups aren't happy. 

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
Bureau of Land Management

Local environmental organizations are worried about what President Donald Trump’s decision on national monuments in Utah means for Montana's public lands.

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