04-Nov-2011 : Traditions rise above Politics

For more than 50 years our economic livelihood has been tied to this wild country, this last best place. I'd like to thank Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., for helping us ensure it and our cherished backcountry traditions will always be there. Baucus is helping us move forward a shared vision for the Front - the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. [read more...]

04-Nov-2011 : Bill to protect Front deserves support

As one of the 12 members of the "supercommittee" charged with coming up with a plan for cutting the national debt, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has his work cut out for him. The panel has only until Thanksgiving to present its proposal. [read more...]

04-Nov-2011 : Rocky Mountain Front: ‘This is our homeland security’

We’re delighted Sen. Max Baucus has agreed to introduce in Congress the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which will add an additional set of protections to a swath of the landscape held near and dear to generations of Montanans and one of the wildest places remaining in the Lower 48. The loud ovation Baucus received Friday afternoon at Montana Outdoor Sports when he announced he would carry the bill is an ovation to which all Montanans should lend their voices. [read more...]

04-Oct-2011 : Heritage Act a fair proposal for the Front

I've said it before and I'll say it again. It doesn't matter whether you're a relative newcomer to Montana or fifth-generation like myself - when you see that Rocky Mountain Front rising up from the plains to touch the big sky, you can't help but feel moved. [read more...]

04-Oct-2011 : Community-based approach led to Front plan

Back in the Pleistocene, when I worked for several Montana-based wilderness groups, Montanans worked closely with our congressional delegation to protect some of our most pristine lands as Wilderness. Great things were accomplished, including our nation's first citizen-initiated wilderness, the Scapegoat in 1972, and Montana's most recent contribution to our nation's Wilderness System, the Lee Metcalf in 1983. But in those days critics accused us of being fixated on wilderness with a myopic view of what might happen outside the "green line." [read more...]