Victories in the Crown

St Mary's Lake, Glacier National Park
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Together with local partners, we have achieved significant conservation victories but only because of your support.

We have come a long way in a decade of working in the Crown of the Continent. Our success has redefined what is achievable when people are inspired to care for our public lands. With your support, we are setting the stage for new and exciting campaigns in the Crown.

Safe from drilling

The Wilderness Society was a leader in the enactment of a historic law that permanently bans oil and gas leasing on 400,000 acres of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. Today we continue to work to remove remaining energy leases. Our goal is a Rocky Mountain Front that is never again threatened by oil and gas drilling.

Montana Legacy Project

We worked with national land trusts to ensure 320,000 acres of private timber land in the Crown of the Continent will never be sliced up by residential development. The land in question is crucial wildlife habitat. It is now being transferred to public and private ownership. This will maintain public access and restore its wildness in the future. 

Protecting recreation in the Badger

For years, unrestricted motorized use was causing severe soil, water and wildlife damage in the Badger-Two Medicine outside of Glacier National Park. The Wilderness Society worked with Blackfeet Tribal members and local landowners to stop the abuse. Our work led to a forest decision that protects the region for quiet recreation and traditional Blackfeet cultural values.

Advancing a new era of Forest Restoration

We led a broad coalition and won a highly selective federal program to restore forests and watersheds in the Southwestern Crown. Over the next decade, funding for our plan will restore 937 miles of stream, improve 280 miles of trails, decommission 400 miles of roads and treat 80% of the forest lands where rural communities are most threatened by severe wildfire.