THE MONTANA PORTION OF NREPA

by George Weurthner

INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

NORTHWEST MONTANA

BITTERROOT DIVIDE COMPLEX

UPPER CLARKFORK WILDLANDS

TRANS BOUNDARY FLATHEAD COMPLEX

BOB MARSHALL COMPLEX

CENTRAL MONTANA

SOUTHWEST MONTANA WILDLANDS

GREATER YELLOWSTONE

GREAT PLAINS

AWR HOME


Montana has some of the best spectacular unprotected wildlands left in the lower 48 states, but it lags behind other western states in the amount of land protected as designated wilderness. For instance, California has 138 wilderness areas, covering than 14.3 million acres - more than 14 percent of the state. When the Omnibus Public Lands Bill before Congress passes, California will get another 700,000 acres of new wilderness areas. By contrast, Montana only has 15 wildernesses covering 3.4 million acres, or slightly less than 3.7% percent of the state.

More than six million FS roadless acres, plus hundreds of thousands of acres of BLM and FWS lands, could potentially be added to the National Wilderness System. Yet for a host of unfortunate circumstances, the state has failed to see any new wilderness legislation passed for several decades.

 

INTRODUCTION     NORTHWEST MONTANA     BITTERROOT DIVIDE COMPLEX    
UPPER CLARKFORK WILDLANDS     TRANS BOUNDARY FLATHEAD COMPLEX    
BOB MARSHALL COMPLEX     CENTRAL MONTANA     SOUTHWEST MONTANA WILDLANDS    
GREATER YELLOWSTONE     GREAT PLAINS     AWR HOME