Bob Ekey of the Wilderness Society said the project has followed the success of the Blackfoot Challenge, which brought folks from many walks of life together to manage their forestlands. If those partnerships can be replicated around Seeley Lake, they can convince Congress that the proposal's many parts have strong public support.
“The conservation community was a little wary of stewardship contracts at first,” Ekey said. “Now we think it's a good thing. This builds on a lot of history.”