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Mike Bader

Mike Bader

COMMENTARY

‘Backcountry’ is no substitute for wilderness

By: - July 30, 2022

The debate over how and where to protect wilderness is as old as the hills but as the saying goes, “they ain’t making it anymore.” The word wilderness has its roots in old English as “wildēornes” which translates to “places inhabited by wild animals.”  The old trope about “backcountry” designation as a replacement for wilderness […]

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The wild green washing machines

By: - July 6, 2022

Practice what you preach. In their June 18 opinion piece in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Wild Montana (formerly Montana Wilderness Association), the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and the Montana Wildlife Federation preach that Montana’s Wilderness Study Areas should be protected. As support, they tout the University of Montana’s 2022 Voter Survey finding 72% of Montanans want to […]

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Bitterroot project is bait and switch

By: - June 22, 2022

The American Forest Resource Council’s Tom Partin let the cat out of the bag in his June 5 opinion piece in the Missoulian. As Will Rogers said, “it’s easier to let the cat out of the bag than it is to put it back in.” Partin reveals the classic bait and switch. He starts with […]

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USFWS must reject Gianforte’s political grizzly bear petition

By: - January 10, 2022

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has submitted a petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to remove Endangered Species Act protections from grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, the area within and near Glacier National Park and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This petition should be rejected by USFWS. Here’s why. The petition is […]