Montana Conservation History

Natural beauty and environmental qualities are at the bedrock of Montana's self-image and way of life. That these qualities persist is not by accident nor by benign neglect; rather they are here because of far-sighted advocacy and conservation actions by those who have come before us. Historic conservation achievements, such as establishment of Glacier National Park or the constitutional requirement to reclaim old mines, were controversial at the time, yet are broadly embraced today. By knowing and celebrating these stories about Montana's historic conservation achievements, we are better able to muster the necessary public support and political will to create tomorrow's conservation legacies.

 
Personal Stories: Individual Story
Most people who have met Chuck Jonkel will agree that he is at least 51% bear, but not everyone can agree on which species.  For some, it depends on which species they...
 
Partners in Conservation: Non-Profit Group
There were no “How To” books in 1973 when a young couple named Robin and Phil Tawney decided to take on Montana’s entrenched interests with a little start-up...
 
Legacies and Projects: Celebrating a Success
Sixteen Swan Rangers celebrated the Rangers' 400th Saturday outing in the Swan Range on July 27, 2013! They hiked the Echo - Broken Leg Trail to Lunch Rock alongside Wolf...
 
Legacies and Projects: Celebrating a Success
Gary Holmquist was fighting for his life when I met him, though you would not know it from his physical presence or the fire in his belly.
Gary was a retired lieutenant colonel...
 
Partners in Conservation: Non-Profit Group
When the ecologist Aldo Leopold said that, to preserve wilderness, we must think like a mountain, he had Wilderness Watch founder Bill Worf in mind.
Bill knew the value of...
 
Legacies and Projects: Celebrating a Success
Karleen Hammer Anderson's face radiated joy when she finally spotted Cecil Garland in the crowd. It had been decades since she last saw Cecil, and she grabbed him for a long...