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Proposed Forest Plan strikes the right balance
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Proposed Forest Plan strikes the right balance

As part of the Gallatin Forest Partnership (GFP), the Southwest Montana Mountain Bike Association was encouraged to see much of the GFP agreement reflected in the draft decision. While there is much to celebrate in this draft record of decision, a few key points of the GFP agreement were not included. For example, the agreement called...

A high, wild and untrammeled Gallatin Range
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A high, wild and untrammeled Gallatin Range

The U.S. Forest Service deserves a pat on the back. After decades of ambivalence, they are finally committing to manage the core of the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area as recommended wilderness through the recently released draft Custer Gallatin Forest Plan. While this is an important milestone to be celebrated, the most crucial...

Positive Step Forward for the Gallatin Range
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Positive Step Forward for the Gallatin Range

The Partnership’s agreement took an important step forward when the Custer Gallatin National Forest released its draft Final Forest Plan in early July. There’s good news in the Forest Service’s historic recommendation to designate new wilderness in the heart of the Gallatin Range. And there’s room for improvement to fully implement our vision for the...

The Forest Plan is out!
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The Forest Plan is out!

The Gallatin Forest Partnership Responds to the Release of the Final Custer Gallatin National Forest Plan The following is a statement from the Gallatin Forest Partnership steering committee regarding the release of the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s final forest plan for the Madison and Gallatin Ranges.  The Custer Gallatin National Forest (CGNF) released its final...

Public lands unite us
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Public lands unite us

With so many hardships in the news over the past several weeks, it’s been encouraging to see these strong poll results in favor of protecting our wild backyard. Public lands unite us as Montanans no matter our backgrounds. Montanans have a long history of working together to protect our public lands. We believe the Gallatin...

And the survey says ….
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And the survey says ….

A recent poll conducted by the University of Montana included encouraging results for the Gallatin Forest Partnership’s proposal. This biannual survey is intended to understand what voters think about public land issues and has tracked opinions since 2014. For the first time, the survey included a question designed to gauge public support for the Gallatin...

Our last, best chance for the Gallatin Range
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Our last, best chance for the Gallatin Range

The Wilderness Society, Montana Wilderness Association and Greater Yellowstone Coalition have been working toward permanent protection of the Gallatins for decades in the face of some daunting challenges. In this guest editorial, the three organizations lay out why they believe the Gallatin Forest Partnership’s agreement is our last best chance to secure the future of...

Collective Bargain
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Collective Bargain

This collection of conservation groups, recreation advocates, business owners, and concerned citizens has put differences aside and focused on long-term sustainable solutions to public-lands management that will empower instead of embitter; it builds instead of divides; and acts instead of reacts. This is the approach we must take for a durable management outcome. Read more

Diverse interests can develop a shared vision
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Diverse interests can develop a shared vision

A research ecologist takes a look at the global significance of the Gallatin and Madison Ranges. His conclusion: Protecting the remaining wildlands in the U.S. requires an approach that honors diverse perspectives and commits to making science-informed adjustments as we learn more. Read more