Montana Wilderness advocates are launching a campaign in opposition to a bill introduced by the state’s Republican Senator Steve Daines. If passed, that bill would eliminate protections for some federal lands in Montana.
A new coalition called “Our Land, Our Legacy” says it plans to fight against Daines’ bill with social media messages and an advertising campaign. It hopes to keep more than half-million acres in Montana designated as “Wilderness Study Areas,” also known as WSAs. That means the land is currently protected — its closed to mining, logging and certain bicycle and motorized vehicle use.