MISSOULA — You’ve talked your friend/spouse/child into shouldering a heavy pack, enduring a painful blister, incurring dozens of mosquito bites, foregoing a soft bed and questioning his/her self respect and your good/evil intentions.
Years of legislative wrangling squeezed down to hours of last-minute negotiating to get a bundle of Montana land bills into the National Defense Authorization Act last week.
MISSOULA — In the lame-duck weeks of December 2010, Sen. Jon Tester tried to get his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act attached to any must-pass legislation likely to make it out of Congress before the end of the year.
I was pleased to see the Gazette celebrate the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act on its 50th Anniversary earlier this month. I well remember the momentous days leading up to the vote in the House on July 30, 1964, in the conciliatory period just seven months after President Kennedy’s assass…
On Sept. 14 hikers will explore the Burnt Lodge Wilderness Study Area, located southwest of Glasgow.
The Montana Wilderness Association is leading outings to explore some wilderness-quality backcountry in Eastern Montana.
Most Montanans are too young to remember when spectacular Montana land last was protected as wilderness. That event was in 1972. A true grass roots movement succeeded in adding the Scapegoat Wilderness along the Rocky Mountain Front to the nation’s wilderness treasury.
Hikers explore a ridge in the Big Snowy Wilderness Study Area. Those interested in wild places can watch a series of films to be show on Sept. 6 in Lewistown.
The Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Film Festival will be at the Judith Cinema during Lewistown’s 25th annual Chokecherry Festival on Sept. 6.
It was a little jarring at first when the group of tanned, dusty, “women of a certain age” cheerfully referred to themselves as “broads” as they gathered at the Lava Lake Trailhead on Friday.
Laurie Kerr cuts a log that was then used to block a portion of an overly wide trail, narrowing the tread to reduce impacts.
Forest Service wilderness ranger Todd Burritt works with Great Old Broads Jan Scar, of Buena Vista, Colo., and Susan Waters, of Brookshire, Texas, to narrow a portion of the Lava Lake Trail.
The Great Old Broads for Wilderness volunteered to work on the Gallatin National Forest’s Lava Lake Trail last Friday. Members of the group include, from left, Suez Jacobson, Helen Kiefer, Donna LaCasse, Nancy Ostlie, JoLynn Jarboe, Laurie Kerr and Di Allison.
Shelley Silbert, at left, is the executive director of the Great Old Broads. Rose Chilcoat is the associate director. The two admit that being older and women does carry some advantages when they lobby for wilderness designations.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Two former Wyoming residents have created a videogame that centers around a park ranger stationed in a watchtower in the Shoshone National Forest wilderness with plot and dialogue based on real places within the state.
HELENA — After four days by himself in a wilderness area west of Great Falls, 79-year-old Ken White of Augusta was reunited with his family Saturday night.
Wilderness areas protect watersheds vital to agriculture, communities and fisheries.
Bill Cunningham poses members of his packrafting trip for a photo at the takeout above Meadow Creek Gorge.
After a 70-mile trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness earlier this month, Bill Cunningham loads up his pack for a shuttle ride from the trailhead.
With his hiking boots hanging around his neck, Cunningham wades through Youngs Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, followed by Erin Madison.