Bill would take areas being held for possible wilderness designation & open them to development
U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R–Mont., has introduced a bill to remove some Montana Wilderness Study Areas from long-standing protections.
The five areas, located in the Bitterroot, Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Lewis and Clark National Forests, total 449,500 acres and encompass vast mountain ranges, forests and canyons. They were designated as wilderness study areas in the Montana Wilderness Study Act of 1977.