Gallatin Range

The Gallatin Range is a wildlife corridor between the Crown of the Continent and Yellowstone National Park. It provides clean water for nearby towns, a refuge for wildlife and world-class recreation.

The Gallatin Range is a wildlife corridor between the Crown of the Continent and Yellowstone National Park. It provides clean water for nearby towns, a refuge for wildlife and world-class recreation.

But overuse could harm all of these values. The Wilderness Society is working to both protect its wild places and ensure there are recreation opportunities.

Why the Gallatin Range

The Gallatin is the last and largest wild mountain tract bordering Yellowstone Park that is not permanently protected.

Work we’re doing

A long-term vision for the Gallatin Range will permanently protect its core while improving recreational opportunities in the forest that surrounds it.

Our partners

We’re working with diverse groups to create a proposal for the Gallatin that marries wilderness protection and recreational opportunity.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.