"Untrammeled" film shows young people changed by Montana wilderness -- and the Wilderness Act

The pioneers who worked for the passage of the Wilderness Act 50 years ago wanted to protect lands for all future generations. Now those future generations are taking up the torch. This is the story that a new film portrays in the heart of Montana’s wilderness, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the act.

The film “Untrammeled” will premiere tomorrow, Tuesday, April 8th, in Missoula, Montana as part of the last event in the 2014 Wilderness Institute Lecture Series. The lecture called “Keeping it Wild in the 21st Century: Wilderness for a new generation” will be from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. on the University of Montana campus. Participants can also join the event online.

“Untrammeled” captures the transforming experiences of highschoolers traveling the Scapegoat Wilderness by horseback, and students from the University of Montana’s Wilderness and Civilization Program backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Watch the full-length of “Untrammeled” below:

The film was produced by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), in partnership with many local and national organizations, including The Wilderness Society.

The Wilderness Society has planned more showings across the state this year:

  • June 17 - University Theater in Great Falls

  • July 12 - Bull Lake Rod and Gun Club in Libby

  • August 16 - The Pavilion in Choteau

  • September 5 - Seeley Lake Time as part of Wild 50th Fest

The entire 25-minute film will be also be available as a free download on the USFS’ website later this month.