Badger-Two Medicine

The Badger-Two Medicine area of Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front is a rugged, largely roadless area of forests and grasslands that has been threatened by oil and gas development for decades.

Nestled between Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, this 130,000-acre expanse of wildlands is too wild to drill. While the area is managed by the Lewis and Clark National Forest, it is a holy place for the Blackfeet people who have used the Badger-Two Medicine for thousands of years. It is known as a place for prayer and vision quests.

Despite its unique qualities, the Badger-Two Medicine area was leased for energy development in the early 1980s under then-Secretary of the Interior James Watt. There are currently more than 40,000 acres of oil and gas leases remaining in the Badger-Two Medicine, and in 2014 one of the leaseholders filed a lawsuit to allow building a road, a temporary bridge and an exploratory drill pad into the heart of this roadless wild area. 

The threat of industrial development in the sacred and ecologically diverse Badger-Two Medicine has galvanized the Blackfeet, Indian Country, conservationists and hunters and anglers to take action. 

Why the Badger-Two Medicine?

The Badger-Two Medicine is a place where culture and wildlands converge.

Work we’re doing

Building support to rid this area of controversial oil and gas leases.

Our Partners

A united chorus of voices support the Blackfeet Tribe’s call for lease cancellation.

  

  • Michael Reinemer

    The 2018 Senate Interior Appropriations bill would eliminate protection for roadless areas in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest (our nation’s largest national forest) and the spectacular Chugach National Forest near Anchorage. The 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule, one of the most popular and successful conservation measures in US history, protected the 58.5 million acres of America’s roadless national forests from logging and roadbuilding.

  • Michael Reinemer

    TO:            Editorial Writers, Reporters and Columnists                           

    FROM:    The Wilderness Society  

    RE:           Legislative Attack on the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule

    DATE:      November 21, 2017 

  • Tim Woody