GYC pushing for more Wild & Scenic rivers in Montana

GYC pushing for more Wild & Scenic rivers in Montana

The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, along with Montanans for Healthy Rivers, is advocating for our Montana delegation to introduce the Montana Headwaters Security Act. This act will create a legacy of Wild & Scenic Rivers in Montana by proposing over 40 new Wild & Scenic rivers and streams with 18 in Greater Yellowstone. If you live in Montana, tell Senior Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) at 202-224-2644 and Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) at (202) 225-3211 and tell them you support the Montana Headwaters Security Act!

(Photo Donna Watson Lawson.)

WE DID IT! Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act signed into law by the president

WE DID IT! Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act signed into law by the president

Today, the president signed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act into the law of the land. Included in this sweeping, ground-breaking legislation was the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. Now and forever, 30,370 acres of public land on the northern doorstep of Yellowstone National Park will be protected from destructive and toxic gold mining.

GYC and Idaho Fish and Game team up again to protect sportsmen and wildlife across Idaho

GYC and Idaho Fish and Game team up again to protect sportsmen and wildlife across Idaho

The Idaho Sportsmen Show attracts thousands of guides, outfitters, and sportsmen of all kinds from across the Pacific Northwest to the Expo Idaho center in Boise each year.  Among this year’s crowds, demos, and displays, you could find GYC and Idaho Fish and Game teaming up to bring a fun and educational experience to event attendees: the Idaho Fish and Game bear education trailer and the United State Forest Service’s mechanical bear – the Charger!

A HISTORIC WIN! Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act passes House, heads to the president's desk

A HISTORIC WIN! Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act passes House, heads to the president's desk

Today, we have achieved a remarkable victory. The United States House of Representatives passed the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, which will forever prohibit gold mining on 30,370 acres of public lands at Yellowstone’s northern gateway. It now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law, making it an extraordinary bipartisan win.

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.

Why Greater Yellowstone needs winter wildlife closures

Why Greater Yellowstone needs winter wildlife closures

As the popularity of winter recreation continues to expand across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem it is up to us to recreate responsibly.  Fortunately it isn’t very hard to help give wildlife a chance to endure in winter. By staying out of established Habitat Protection Areas we avoid stressing animals, helping them conserve those critical fat reserves they are relying on through late April.  These areas represent a small fraction of the overall terrain available to human recreationists, a small sacrifice for the future of the GYE.