Without any local involvement, Montana's sole representative today introduced a bill that foresees the biggest-ever rollback of protections for Montana's public lands.
Rep. Greg Gianforte's bill would unilaterally end protections for nearly 700,000 acres of Montana's public lands by releasing them from what's called Wilderness Study Area (WSA) status -- all without a single public meeting or any input from the Montanans who hike, camp, hunt, and fish in these places.
This top-down, Washington-made bill goes against everything Montanans value. We value working with our neighbors to figure out the future of our backyards. We value our public lands and all they bring to our state. This bill is an assault on our public lands. And more specifically, with its call to strip protections from places like the Centennial Mountains WSA and the Axolotl Lakes WSA, it's an assault on Greater Yellowstone. We know that conserving our grizzly bears and our other Yellowstone wildlife takes an ecosystem. And the last thing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem needs is a politician stripping protections from its magnificent and much-loved lands.
Please call Rep. Gianforte today at (202) 225-3211. Tell him you stand with Greater Yellowstone, and that you oppose his top-down WSA release bill.
-- Scott Christensen, Conservation Director