Over at New West you can follow the Montana Wilderness controversy closely-

Yesterday Ken Cole posted Senator Tester Betrays Montana Wilderness, a sharply critical opinion piece written by Brian Peck.

Bill Schneider has been following Montana’s 30 year Wilderness controversy for some time in his columns at New West. His many updates give folks a background, a history, as well as his perspective. Tester’s Wilderness Bill, Updates. By Bill Schneider. New West.

I want to add, however, that if folks want to have a wildlife migration corridor from the Greater Yellowstone to central Idaho, this Wilderness designation is of little help because the barriers to migration are 1. the Sheep Experiment Station which blocks a large swath of the Idaho/Montana border on the Continental Divide; 2. other livestock grazing on the public lands in the corridor; and 3. Interstate 15. Wilderness designation does nothing about these.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides.

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