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Editorial: Grizzlies in remote Montana valley don’t need new national scenic trail coming through

I have made it a point to oppose the arch-conservatives, anarchists and extremists who rail unreservedly against the federal government in the West. I don't think national monuments, for example, represent a government land grab; quite the opposite: They protect cherished territory from being given over to corporations by the government. Grazing fees aren't highway robbery; in fact, they should be high enough to discourage public-property ranching. And I don't think agencies like the National Park Service operate in breach of my most precious constitutional rights.

It is with some embarrassment, then, that I find myself singing an anti-government chorus about the corner of the West where I live. The federal bureaucracy is way out of bounds when it comes to what's happening in the Yaak Valley, in northwestern Montana.