Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana Butte and Anaconda folks consider this wilderness mountain range and the surrounding forestlands that straddle the Great Divide to be their own. They hunt, fish, hike, climb, horse pack and enjoy the numerous roads and trails that reach … Read more

Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana “The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. More than 560 Refuges encompass more than 150,000,000 acres, … Read more

Scapegoat Wilderness

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana When any swath of land enters the National Wilderness Preservation system it is cause for celebration. On August 20, 1972, Congress passed Public Law 92-395 and Montana’s Scapegoat north of Lincoln gained this lofty designation. Now is a … Read more

Gates of the Mountains Wilderness

By Rick and Susie Graetz | Office of Research and Creative Scholarship | The University of Montana Looking toward Helena’s northern horizon, foothills and mountains seem to blend in a  continuously forested belt separating the valley from the prairie farther north. This distant view is deceiving. Out there in those hills, the legendary Missouri has … Read more