A backpacker with the trail name of Tater John hikes through a high mountain meadow in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in 2007.
A wilderness signpost leans from constant buffeting by mountain winds.
A mountain goat looks curiously at some backpacking visitors to its rocky home.
A tarp tent’s support line is draped with wet clothing following a rainy hike.
In this year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I wrote an essay to read to a local group. Since they didn’t boo me off the podium, I thought I’d share it with you. Hopefully, you can find a chuckle in it, too, as well as some motivation to go on your own adventure.
PHILIPSBURG — The Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness isn’t a top tourist destination in Montana, but it’s a great escape if you’re looking to get a true backcountry experience without the crowds of Glacier or Yellowstone. And, because it’s just a couple of hours’ drive from Missoula, it makes an ea…
In his 40-year congressional career, Max Baucus has dressed the part for many roles. He booked 96 “work days” where he’d serve a shift in a bakery or shovel asphalt on a roadway. He spent his final one last August cutting trail on the edge of Glacier National Park.
New ideas and new ways of approaching old problems always attract doubters.
Wilderness replenishes our soul. Our eyes get a little brighter after a few days in the backcountry. Our stresses slide off like April snowmelt. Traveling to wild country can be a challenging journey, but it’s a journey that changes us for the better.
A newly revised Forest Service management plan outlines 161,400 acres suitable for official wilderness designation in North Idaho.
Bighorn National Forest officials are reminding snowmobilers that their machines, like all motorized equipment, are illegal in wilderness areas.
In the political arena, the debate over forest management is constantly reduced to a black-and-white, either-or proposition: Either we sacrifice our forests and quality of life to provide jobs, or we suffer economic hardship for the sake of environmental protection. We must choose new econom…
GREAT FALLS — A federal land inventory along the Hi-Line has identified 386,000 acres with wilderness characteristics and 1.6 million acres of sage grouse habitat that will be up for debate when a draft management plan is released in January.
MISSOULA - Two hikers from the East Coast are overdue from a backcountry trip in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park, and the park is asking for information from anyone who has been in the area.
THERMOPOLIS, Wyo. — Opportunities for motorized recreation on the Shoshone National Forest would increase if the agency’s preferred management alternative emerges intact from the forest’s draft plan.
CODY, Wyo. — Looking to track trail use and secure funding for future projects and maintenance, the Bighorn National Forest is asking visitors to the Cloud Peak Wilderness to register before entering the forest.
CODY, Wyo. — For the first time anyone can remember, county commissioners, conservationists, energy officials and a number of user groups sat down Wednesday night at one table, in one room, to discuss public lands and the many opinions surrounding their use.
CODY, Wyo. -- Before heading out to hunt turkeys on Monday, the science and policy director for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership spoke on things dear to the West -- energy development, hunting, fishing and good land stewardship.
What do you think of the proposed bill to release federal roadless and wilderness study areas to local management and development?
CHEYENNE — The state of Wyoming will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review its challenge to a 2001 federal rule barring development on nearly 50 million acres roadless areas in national forests.