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Steve Daines

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.

Sen. Steve Daines.
Courtesy photo

Montana Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte were aboard a chartered train in rural Virginia Wednesday that was involved in a fatal accident with a garbage truck. Congressman Gianforte and Senator Daines were not injured in Wednesday morning’s accident. But the truck’s driver was killed and a passenger critically injured.

The trail to Piper Creek falls within the bounds of the proposed Swan Forest Initiative’s conservation forest.
Nicky Ouellet

For more than half a decade, the Lake County Conservation District has been working on a proposal to transfer management of 60,000 acres from the Flathead National Forest to the state for the next 100 years.

U.S. Senate Committee On Energy and Natural Resources

A bill that would protect 79,000 acres of wilderness in the Blackfoot and Clearwater watersheds has been scheduled for a Senate committee hearing in two weeks.

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