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Editorial | On the doorstep of Yellowstone NP, Gallatin Range deserves wilderness designation

Over the last 40-some years I’ve visited dozens of federal Wilderness areas and probably twice as many more landscapes in the American West classified as “wilderness study areas.”  I’ve seen them as a hiker, angler, backcountry ranger, firefighter, father, husband, ecologist with a college degree, photographer and student of history.

WSAs are those places that qualify for full-blown wilderness status. Most people don’t realize it, but when they were placed in that elevated category decades ago, compromises had already been made allowing other public lands, also possessing high wildlife and other natural amenity values, to be opened up to what federal land management agencies call “multiple use.”


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