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Wilderness

Immersed in the wild

Immersed in the wild

A backpacker with the trail name of Tater John hikes through a high mountain meadow in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in 2007.

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Leaning in the wind

Leaning in the wind

A wilderness signpost leans from constant buffeting by mountain winds.

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Goat guest

Goat guest

A mountain goat looks curiously at some backpacking visitors to its rocky home.

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Wild home

Wild home

A tarp tent’s support line is draped with wet clothing following a rainy hike.

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Trek became reconnection to youth, beauty of wildlands

Trek became reconnection to youth, beauty of wildlands

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.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Upper Seymour Lake: A nearby, yet private wilderness

Upper Seymour Lake: A nearby, yet private wilderness

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…

July 16, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Baucus' legacy for lands and environment

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.

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Guest opinion: FJRA would benefit Greater Yellowstone's land and people

New ideas and new ways of approaching old problems always attract doubters.

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Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

Guest opinion: Heritage Act would protect Montana wilderness

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.

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Forest plan recommends wilderness in North Idaho

A newly revised Forest Service management plan outlines 161,400 acres suitable for official wilderness designation in North Idaho.

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Snowmobilers reminded to stay out of wilderness

Bighorn National Forest officials are reminding snowmobilers that their machines, like all motorized equipment, are illegal in wilderness areas.

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Guest opinion: Montanans find common ground on forests

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…

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BLM identifies wilderness characteristics, grouse habitat

BLM identifies wilderness characteristics, grouse habitat

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.

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Two hikers overdue in Glacier's Two Medicine area; weather hampers search

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.

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Shoshone Forest, cooperators, scrutinize draft forest plan

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.

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Bighorn Forest asking Cloud Peak Wilderness visitors to register

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.

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Stewardship, balance emerge as common themes in public land talks

Stewardship, balance emerge as common themes in public land talks

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.

May 04, 2012 12:05 am Photos

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Balancing energy development, conservation makes economic sense, study finds

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.

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Wyoming to petition US Supreme Court on roadless areas

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.

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