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.
The Gallatin is the last and largest wild mountain tract bordering Yellowstone Park that is not permanently protected.
A long-term vision for the Gallatin Range will permanently protect its core while improving recreational opportunities in the forest that surrounds it.
We’re working with diverse groups to create a proposal for the Gallatin that marries wilderness protection and recreational opportunity.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
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- Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.
- Monday, May 11, 2015
In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.” This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.