Help protect wildlife habitat

Help protect wildlife habitat and backcountry solitude

The 3.3 million acre Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in southwest Montana is a sprawling wild landscape that is home to wolverines, grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, and elk. The long, harsh winter season in this rugged region challenges the ability of many species to survive. To give animals the best chance to thrive, we are working to reduce human pressure on critical winter range and other important habitats. 

This is where you come in!

The Forest Service is currently reviewing their winter travel management plan and accepting comments from the public. In order to protect backcountry solitude and wildlife habitat, we need to ask the agency to limit disturbance in key areas that wildlife need to survive. 

Montana’s largest national forest is big enough for snowmobilers, skiers, hikers, snowshoers, and everyone else who enjoys getting outside in the winter. Please take a minute to encourage the Forest Service to adopt a plan that prioritizes protecting winter wildlife habitats, while still allowing for a range of human uses in appropriate areas. Specifically, ask the agency to:

  • Protect Mount Jefferson and the headwaters of the Missouri River by keeping Hellroaring Creek to the Continental Divide free of motorized use.
  • Prohibit snowmobile use in Sullivan Creek and around Barker Lake on the shoulders of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness.
  • Significantly decrease snowmobile use in big game winter ranges, including the Big Hole watershed and the north side of the Flint Range.
  • Keep the high basins of the West Pioneers – including Bobcat Lakes, Lost Horn Mountain, and Grouse Lakes – free of motorized use.


Send your comments to Forest Supervisor Melany Glossa at:

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
420 Barrett Street
Dillon, Montana 59725

Subject line: Forest Plan
Fax: (406) 683-3855

For more information about the BDNF Winter Travel Plan see the Supplemental EIS – BDNF Land & Resource Management Plan. If you have questions, contact Darcie Warden, Montana Conservation Coordinator at or (406) 586-1593.