Why the Gallatin Range

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

The Gallatin Range provides many things: clean water for nearby towns, a refuge for wildlife and world-class recreation. The Wilderness Society works to protect both wilderness in the heart of the Range and recreation opportunities.

A popular place

Congress recognized the value of this place when it created a wilderness study area (WSA) within the range in 1977. Since then, nearby cities have tripled in size and so has the number of visitors, vehicle traffic and noise in this once quiet refuge. The Gallatin National Forest is now the most-visited forest in Montana.

A remarkable refuge

The Gallatin Range is home to elk, wolves, wolverines, bighorn sheep, an expanding population of grizzly bears and numerous blue-ribbon trout fisheries. It’s also a critical migration corridor for animals moving from Yellowstone north to the Crown of the Continent. 

A valuable resource

The Gallatin is the source of clean water for surrounding communities. For many, it’s a “backyard playground” offering cross-country and backcountry skiing, hunting, fishing and climbing as well as many miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.

Lacks permanent protection

The Gallatin Range includes the last and largest wild mountain tract bordering Yellowstone National Park that’s not permanently protected. Since the 1970s, Montanans have united to protect the wild heart of this majestic range. After three decades of concerted effort, it’s time to protect the Gallatin Range permanently.


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