Well, that’s exactly what’s been happening in recent years in Montana. Wilderness backers, mill managers and other resource development advocates have been sitting down to address the future of public lands. And they are coming up with workable, innovative solutions.
…There will never be complete agreement in the wilderness debate. But Montana residents are demonstrating a strong willingness to work together to end a quarter-century-old stalemate over the future of large swaths of public land.
It is clear that there are significant chunks of Montana that merit new wilderness protection. The Montana Wilderness Association, which has worked hard to find common ground on this contentious issue, has developed an informal priority list of potential additions that could be a good starting point for Montana-based legislation.