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Chronicle column: Gallatin Forest Partnership: A path forward for our wild backyard

Chronicle column: Gallatin Forest Partnership: A path forward for our wild backyard

You have the chance to help determine the future of our wild backyard for the next 30 years.

We are lucky to call the Gallatin and Madison mountains home. They provide abundant wildlife, clean drinking water, and wild trails – but for how much longer? Between skyrocketing populations and a changing landscape, these constants of mountain living are starting to look a lot less certain. Now the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s management plan is up for its once-in-a-generation revision, giving us our chance to secure our mountains’ future.

Help protect wintering wildlife and Don’t Poach the Powder

Help protect wintering wildlife and Don’t Poach the Powder

As much as I look forward to hitting my beloved backcountry runs, I know this is also a really hard time for wintering wildlife like bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and moose.  Popular canyon spots on the west side of the Tetons (including Fox, Darby, and Teton Canyon) are important areas for wintering wildlife and will be closing to winter recreation on Thanksgiving – except for travel on designated routes.  And I’m okay with that, because there are lots of other places I can ski.