The Northern Rockies paint
a breathtaking canvas of wildness: dramatic mountains and stunning river
valleys. But come a little closer, look a little harder, and listen. It is
almost certain you will hear the buzz of motorized vehicles cutting across the
Hidden from the panoramic
vista, more than 3,600 miles of old logging roads—most of them now not needed—slash
across the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest in southwestern and central
Make your voice stronger
by joining us in calling on the Forest Service to protect wildness from
destructive motorized “wreckreation.”
The U.S. Forest Service
is revising its plan for how to manage the Helena-Lewis and Clark’s 2.8 million
acres over the next fifteen years, and needs your input.
The Forest Service had a
vision of rewilding the forest to better protect grizzly bears, lynx and bull
trout. But now under political pressure they want to eliminate forest road
density standards, which are essential to protecting imperiled wildlife. Call
on the agency to re-commit to healing the forest’s scarred landscape.
The Helena-Lewis and
Clark National Forest spans the Continental Divide and is a vital wildlife
corridor between Greater Yellowstone grizzly populations in the south and
Glacier National Park. Motorized roads and trails split wildlife habitat into
smaller and smaller pieces, disrupting wildlife movement and draining sediment
into pristine streams. Tell the Forest Service to prioritize connected
wilderness and abundant wildlife on the Helena-Lewis and Clark.
Now, more than ever, we need your voice to
celebrate our public lands—our shared birthright. Urge the Forest Service to
allow the scarred landscape to begin its healing process.
For the wild and thank you for your action,
Wild Places Program Director
photo credit: Beaver
Creek Road View near Hogback Lookout, Helena National Forest—
creative commons, Forest Service Northern Region