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Mike Garrity

Mike Garrity

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

COMMENTARY

Massive ‘Pintler Face’ logging and burning project is a disaster waiting to happen

By: - March 1, 2024

The Pintler Face project: It’s absolutely one of the worst places in the state for clearcuts. For the Forest Service to propose a project like this in essential habitat for lynx, grizzly bear, and wolverine — which are all listed under the Endangered Species Act — simply makes no sense. Consequently, we’re left with no choice but to take the federal government to court […]

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Forest plan that threatens old-growth forests and bull trout must be challenged

By: - January 28, 2024

There’s so much wrong with a logging project in Bitterroot National Forest, so many illegalities, omissions, and disregard for the foundational laws, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Bitterroot, Native Ecosystems Council, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection and Wildearth Guardians had no choice but to try to take this project to court due […]

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Protect habitat, fight climate crisis and recover endangered species

By: - January 13, 2024

It’s puzzling why news about the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act has tended to quote those wanting to change or repeal this landmark environmental law or say species threatened by climate change are doomed to extinction. A recent example would be the comments by Holly Doremus, a professor at University of California’s Berkeley […]

COMMENTARY

Bozeman’s ‘green tariff’ won’t help the climate crisis

By: - December 12, 2023

Editor’s note: The column has been changed to reflect that the City of Missoula has accepted an agreement for renewables that Bozeman had previously agreed to, as well.  Bozeman and Missoula have reached an agreement with Northwestern Energy that will allow people to voluntarily pay more for “green” solar and wind energy. But the question […]

COMMENTARY

Close Beattie Gulch before someone gets killed

By: - November 26, 2023

Pointing to the danger to residents, landowners, other hunters and the public during the bison hunt/cull this year, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Roam Free Nation, Gallatin Wildlife Association and Council on Wildlife and Fish recently sent a letter to Mary Erickson, Supervisor of the Custer Gallatin National Forest, asking her to close Beattie […]

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Alliance for Wild Rockies has to challenge another project to protect grizzlies in Montana

By: - October 2, 2023

One might think after losing a number of lawsuits in a row for blatant violations of the law the U.S. Forest Service might think twice about going forward with illegal logging, burning and road-building projects. But no, this rogue agency plows ahead to serve the timber industry and denude what’s left of the old-growth forests in […]

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U.S. Forest Service logging makes a mockery of Biden’s climate pledge

By: - September 24, 2023

Once again, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Center for Biological Diversity and Council for Wildlife and Fish are challenging the Biden administration’s Forest Service on yet another massive clearcutting. This time it’s the South Plateau Project, right on the border of Yellowstone National Park. Yes, you read that right – Biden’s Forest Service is […]

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Alliance beats forest service in court for illegal motorized use

By: - August 12, 2023

For decades the Forest Service has gotten away with calling hundreds, if not thousands, of roads on national forests “closed” when they’re not. As is well known and documented, illegal use of the roads continues when people drive around the fences, gates, and berms, rip out the gates and barriers, or simply cut a new […]

COMMENTARY

Groups notch win for the grizzly bears near in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

By: - June 13, 2023

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Western Watershed Project and Yellowstone to Uintas Coalition on May 25 on our lawsuit about livestock grazing on 267 square miles of National Forests in the Upper Green River and Gros Ventre River drainages near the southern end of […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]

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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 […]

COMMENTARY

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 […]