In the summer of 2019, Greater Yellowstone residents Don Carpenter and Gary Chrisman circumnavigated the ecosystem on bikes. After two weeks and 1,200 miles, they came away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of our extended backyard.
Habitat degradation and fragmentation, as well as competition and hybridization with non-native trout have greatly imperiled Westslope cutthroat trout. Greater Yellowstone Coalition is committed to restoring native trout populations where possible, and ensuring both wild and native trout have clean, healthy waters and habitats.
(Photo Jonny Armstrong/USGS)
We visited our rancher friend, John Helle, at his annual wool harvesting event Shear and Shred. It was a great opportunity to see firsthand how ranchers need public land access to thrive. That’s why we’re a part of the Ruby Valley Strategic Alliance, a coalition of ranchers and nonprofits dedicated to long-term conservation on the Ruby Valley landscape.
June 6 is a date looming large for those who prize the Gallatin Range. It’s the last day the public can submit comments on how the U.S. Forest Service should manage the Custer Gallatin National Forest, including the Gallatins, for the next 20 to 30 years.
No surprise then that emotions among those with a vested interest in the Gallatins have been running high over the last several weeks. Nothing less than the fate of our beloved backyard mountains – and their wildlife, waters, and recreational opportunities – is at stake.
The 66th Montana legislative session is over. We worked with many others in the conservation community to stop a variety of harmful wildlife bills and ensure a few positive bills made it to the finish line. My colleague Shana Drimal and I frequently traveled to Helena and worked with a full-time lobbyist to protect the wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Thanks for calling your legislators and making your voice heard for the wildlife of Greater Yellowstone.
Yesterday, a Montana district court ruled in our favor and denied a permit that would have allowed Canadian mining company Lucky Minerals to explore for gold in Emigrant Gulch just north of Yellowstone National Park. Along with the passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act that permanently protects public lands, this stunning victory further drives a stake through the heart of the proposed gold mining threatening the Yellowstone River and Paradise Valley.