Mike Garrity

Mike Garrity

Mike Garrity is the executive director for the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.


Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act: The last best chance for the last best place

By: - May 23, 2023

Montana and the Northern Rockies are facing an unprecedented wave of development that is fracturing wildlife habitat, threatening water quality, and seeing vastly increased logging of our national forests under the guise of “restoration” and wildfire prevention. There is hope to keep our forests standing, our wildlife healthy in secure and connected habitat, and ensure […]


Biden, Interior must stop the slaughter of Yellowstone National Park’s bison

By: - April 22, 2023

The images are sickening. More than a thousand huge gut piles litter the landscape just outside the borders of Yellowstone National Park from wild buffalo that were shot with high-powered rifles. Their only sin? They wandered over Yellowstone’s border into Montana searching for food and more favorable calving grounds. In the early 1800s, it was estimated […]


Holland Lake Lodge Syndrome is worse than we thought

By: - March 28, 2023

Holland Lake in the pristine Seeley-Swan Valley provides critical habitat for threatened bull trout and surrounding areas are home to lynx, grizzly bears, elk and wolverines. Due to a public uprising, last fall the Flathead National Forest rejected a proposal by Utah-based ski corporation, POWDR, known for high-end ski resorts and lodging, to significantly and […]


Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear population is crashing and we’re trying to stop it

By: - January 15, 2023

There’s no other way to put it, the Cabinet-Yaak grizzly population is going downhill fast – which is the opposite of the agency’s legal mandate to recover, not extinguish, endangered species. In 2018 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service counted 54 grizzlies in its monitoring report.  In 2019 only 50, down to 45 in 2020 and […]


Stop massive, destructive clearcuts on Yellowstone National Park’s border

By: - November 21, 2022

Thanks to objections by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council the United States Forest Service dropped its huge South Plateau logging project last year. Because the plan called for thousands of acres of clearcuts on the very border of Yellowstone National Park, it violated the existing forest plan’s restrictions on how […]


Blackfoot-Clearwater, Lincoln Prosperity Proposal worse than Holland Lake expansion

By: - October 23, 2022

Thank you to the 6,507 people who submitted comments opposing the expansion of the Holland Lake Lodge. But if you oppose turning over Holland Lake Lodge to the POWDR corporation because it exploits public lands for private profit, be aware that the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act and the Lincoln Prosperity Proposal do the same. All three proposals have […]


Adding more grazing land so close to Yellowstone is bear baiting

By: - September 18, 2022

Montana’s Paradise Valley is aptly named, sitting between two towering mountain ranges, it cradles the mighty Yellowstone River that flows from its headwaters in America’s first national park and provides critical habitat to the native species still present 200 years after Lewis and Clark’s expedition. Yet, the Forest Service decided to expand cattle grazing on […]


Daines and Rosendale are timber industry puppets

By: - August 29, 2022

Just like clockwork, Montana’s junior senator, Steve Daines and representative Matt Rosendale, have repeated the timber industry propaganda on forest management at their recent Western Caucus roundtable in Bozeman. Montanans, however, not only deserve better, they deserve the truth. Rep. Rosendale, like Sen, Daines and Gov. Greg Gianforte, has once again attempted to demonize conservation […]


Hurting today’s bull trout at the expense of the 19th century

By: - May 23, 2022

The Clark Fork River is federally-designated as “critical habitat” for bull trout, which have been listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act since 1999. The Upper Clark Fork is also part of the nation’s largest Superfund site having suffered severe pollution from flushing a century of toxic mining and smelting wastes down the river. […]


How to really protect old growth forests

By: - May 1, 2022

On Earth Day, President Joe Biden announced a new policy to protect mature and old growth trees which store the most carbon. Unfortunately, the president’s order will not ban logging of mature and old-growth forests or even protect the trees.  Instead, the President’s order is the latest version of a long bipartisan, Orwellian plan to subsidize the destruction […]


What’s the price on the Greater Yellowstone Coalition’s ethics?

By: - April 10, 2022

Do you ever wonder how much your ethics are worth? Apparently, for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the price is considerably more than the “30 pieces of silver” Judas got for his sell out, but that was 2,000 years ago. A cache of recently released documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows the Forest Service spent […]


Forest Service withdraws its appeal of massive logging project in grizzly country

By: - April 4, 2022

It’s hard to imagine the damage an enormous timber sale would have had on 70 square miles of Montana’s Ninemile Valley, located about seven miles northwest of Huson, in the Lolo National Forest. But thanks to our lawsuit and two federal court rulings in our favor, the forests, rivers and wildlife in the Soldier-Butler project […]