The Swan Crest. The Bridgers. The Elkhorns. Montana’s backcountry areas — forests and mountains accessed by trails — offer some of the best outdoor opportunities in Montana. These and other backcountry areas, formally called “inventoried roadless areas,” have been the subject of debate since the 1970s. Finally, Montanans have the opportunity to put this issue to rest and keep our backcountry areas the way they have always been — accessible by trails and without the noise and scars of bulldozers.
Roadless areas make up about 6.4 million acres or 6.8% of Montana. (find a roadless area near your home) Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has been involved in roadless backcountry conservation and can help keep these areas the way they are by engaging in ongoing conservation efforts. This is your opportunity to protect Montana’s outdoor heritage and clean water.
Gov. Schweitzer wants to hear from Montanans like you — folks who know, use, and love our national forests. Now is the time to be heard. We all benefit from Montana’s backcountry in many ways: