In Southwestern Montana
Beaverhead Deer Lodge Partnership
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative or Y2Y is a joint Canada-US organization that seeks to preserve and maintain the wildlife, native plants, wilderness and natural process of the mountain ecosystem from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon. Y2Y works with local communities, through education and stewardship programs, to encourage conservation of the area. Y2Y takes a scientific approach to conservation and has been named by the IUCN-World Conservation Union (Note: United Nations) as one of the planet’s leading mountain conservation initiatives.
Y2Y connects and supports a network of organizations, agencies, and individuals doing on-the-ground conservation work in the region. Y2Y facilitates collaboration among those groups to advance an integrated conservation agenda for the entire region.
Y2Y provides grants to organizations in support of their conservation efforts within the Yellowstone to Yukon region.
In 1993, Harvey Locke, a lawyer and environmentalist, had an idea for a vast wildlife corridor encompassing the mountain ranges from Yellowstone National Park to the Yukon. Locke, along with other concerned individuals, wanted to link protected wildlife areas to each other so that wildlife species – especially wide ranging mammals like grizzly bears – could move safely between them.
Y2Y was officially established in 1997 by conservationists and scientists. Today, Y2Y has two offices located in Canmore, Alberta and Bozeman, Montana.
Area: 1.3 million square kilometers (502,000 square miles)
Length: 3,200 kilometers long (1,988 miles)
Width: 500 to 800 kilometers wide (310 to 496 miles)
The Y2Y region encompasses five US states (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington), two Canadian provinces (Alberta and British Columbia), and two territories (Yukon and Northwest Territories).
Y2Y PRIORITY AREA: THE HIGH DIVIDE
The High Divide Priority Area stretches west from the western border of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem approximately 120 miles (195 kilometers) to central Idaho. Numerous mountains, valleys, and rivers can be found here, including the Madison and Jefferson Rivers, Lemhi Range, Tobacco Root Mountains, and Madison and Centennial Valleys. The Centennial Valley floor is one of the region’s largest wetlands complexes, and serves as a flyway for numerous avian species. The valley is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including antelope, elk, mule deer, sage grouse, wolverine, and a rare species of pygmy rabbits.
Y2Y and our partners are hoping this priority area will connect wildlife populations between the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Central Idaho, which hold some of the best unoccupied grizzly bear habitat in the Lower 48. We are currently analyzing historical research and DNA studies which show that grizzly bears may never have used this path to travel to Central Idaho; rather, they have moved north by northwest out of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Research by agencies and organizations throughout the area is currently underway to develop a better sense of past and present wildlife movement in the area. This research will allow us to develop strategies for reaching our goal of connecting these populations of grizzly bears.
Along with its wildlife populations, the High Divide area has a fascinating cultural history. Farmers, ranchers, outfitters, and Native Americans all call this territory home. These stewards of the land have been connected to the landscape for generations, and hold important ecological knowledge. However, an abundance of new residents is moving into the area, leading to a number of issues of concern, including higher road density, an increase in human-wildlife interactions, and loss of habitat.
The Southwest Montana region covers Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Jefferson, Madison, Broadwater, Meagher, Wheatland, Gallatin, Park and Sweetgrass Counties.
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Under the Partnership’s proposal, money from stewardship contracts is reinvested in local forest restoration projects that improve fish and wildlife habitat, stream health, and recreational trails. Local communities benefit from on-the-ground management and new jobs. It includes large landscape projects involving environmentally sensitive stewardship logging that can occur on approximately 713,000 acres.
The Partnership proposal also protects special places, such as popular areas in the Pioneer, West Big Hole and Snowcrest Mountain Ranges as Wilderness—approximately 560,000 acres—so that future generations will be free to access quiet backcountry to enjoy hunting, fishing, horsepacking, camping and hiking.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge Partnership is made up of conservation groups and timber companies who want to preserve the wildlands in Southwest Montana as well as the way of life for local citizens.
Comment: If you know anything at all about Agenda 21, the Wildlands Project or Sustainable Development, the conservation groups listed below should make you cringe because they are well funded, well organized, and in the forefront of advancing Agenda 21 in Montana, for this project and many others.
· National Wildlife Federation
· Montana Trout Unlimited
· RY Timber
· Pyramid Lumber
· Sun Mountain Lumber
· Roseburg Forest Products
· Montana Wilderness Association
Posted at Freedom Advocates by Dan Happel and Kathleen Marquardt December 30, 2009
Senator Jon Tester of Montana introduced S. 1470 in July, known as the “Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009.” Regretfully the first two words of the title of the Bill, “Destruction of”, were left off.
The Bill was written with “collaborative groups”1 excluding the general public and resource development groups from input during the writing of the bill and then afterward during public meetings. (As is the case with most partisan2 legislation, this bill is but a small part of a much larger goal.)
When citizen and local government groups asked to hold an open and public debate on the proposed bill in Missoula, neither Senator Tester nor any other group supporting the legislation sent a representative. In fact, any supposedly “public forum” that he would be willing to attend would be orchestrated by him or his cohorts and would be made up of mostly or wholly supportive audiences.
Let’s look at the Bill itself now that we have reviewed how it was put together, by whom it was written, and how it is being fed to the general public. The jobs in Tester’s bill are limited to a few exclusive “green” jobs plus destruction of access roads and logging of dead standing timber in very limited areas for a maximum of 10 to 15 years.
One of the things to take into consideration when reading this bill is that Montana’s forests are being decimated by pine beetle infestation. Conservative estimates of the forest area that is already infested or dead range from one-third to one-half. It is impossible to have a hard estimate because a heavily infested tree can take up to a year to turn red; so many trees appear healthy when in fact they are infested and dying.
The only real jobs in Tester’s bill will be a few government “green” jobs studying wilderness (or what is left of it when the beetles are finished in Montana).
Removal of the access roads (one of the above listed jobs) will make firefighting in these areas impossible and, with millions of acres of diseased timber surrounding these wilderness designations, catastrophic wildfires will be almost guaranteed. But we must remember that the true goal of this bill and other governmental actions is to remove humans from the designated wilderness areas of the U.S., and the wildfires would be the perfect mechanism to achieve the objective – an Act of God. So we can understand that firefighting is not an activity that is desired with the Bill; that is why any reasonable firefighting efforts are being discouraged.
As this is being written the Copenhagen Summit is going on and the world leaders are trying to find ways to reduce CO2. Fires produce enormous amounts of CO2, thus one would think that they would desire to keep forest fires to a minimum, but we already know of the hypocrisy behind this bill so this is just another reminder for us to look at what is meant, not what is said.
As to watersheds, they will not be protected under this Bill. In fact it is quite the contrary: hundreds of thousands of acres of dead standing timber make for very poor watersheds and will result in a significant degradation of water quality. And after wildfires storm through, the areas will increase water pollution and soil erosion hazards as well. One naturally wonders why any human being would want this to happen. I propose that it is to chase out the strong and defiant humans who wish to remain in their homes that have been in their families often for four or five generations. It would be difficult for the burned out families to get clean water for some time, thus they would have to carry it in; and being in a designated wilderness area they would be prevented from using any motorized vehicle to do this – an onerous task with motive power; a herculean one without.
To top everything else off, all mineral resource development in this area will be completely prohibited. To understand why this is so outrageous, you need to understand that the original motto of Montana was "Oro y Plata," gold and silver. Montana has an abundance of minerals from coal and oil to gold and sapphires.
Montana’s coal money goes to supporting Montana’s Native American tribes. But, let us ignore the great coal reserves in Montana and focus on oil. According to John C. Street,
“The United States of America has more ‘recoverable’ oil reserves within its contiguous border (i.e., not counting known off-shore reserves) than all the other proven reserves worldwide. In just one of these known and recoverable reserves, the Bakken, that stretches from Montana to North Dakota and on up into Canada, there are an estimated 500+ billion barrels, enough crude oil, according to both government and industry estimates, to meet this nation’s fuel requirements for over 2,000 years.”3
In the 1960s, Montanans were at the top of the per capita income scale because back then they were allowed to use their own natural resources from the timber to the mining to the wheat fields. Now they are near the very bottom of the income scale. The mines and lumber yards are shut down. Eco-tourism (a so-called “Green” industry that is very destructive to the ecology) was going to be the replacement industry but it produces only minimum wage service jobs – bed-making and food-serving to the tourists.
We must keep in mind that Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009 is not about jobs or recreation; it is about removing Montanans from Montana. Then the globalists can get on with the business of bringing to fruition the Wilderness Plan. Knowing that Montanans are self-reliant, the globalists smartly figure that if they deal with Montana the rest of the West will follow. In other words, take down the strong and defiant and the weak and meek will fall in line, simpering while caving.
*Note: Among other tactics, i.e. using legislation to take land out of public use, condemning private citizens’ land, or getting unknowing citizens to donate their lands to land trusts who then commit the land to Wildland designation which means no resource extraction and no tax base, there is a far more egregious tactic that NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) have used for decades – what we call “Stealth Lawsuits.” These are suits cooked up between government officials (often Fish and Wildlife or EPA) and NGOs of the Green persuasion. How it works is together they decide what they want to accomplish (say, for example, ban roads in a certain area) then the NGO sues the government under some pretext, perhaps claiming the area is habitat for some endangered species. But before the case gets to a court, the government “caves” to the charges, changes the law to what the NGO had asked for, and then, to add insult to injury, the government pays the NGO’s legal fees. Besides all this, there is no paper trail to expose any of this because it NEVER GETS TO COURT.
1. The collaborative groups consist of major environmental organizations and globalists who have a special interest in moving forward the Wildlands Project.* (see Note above)
2. Inferring to special interest groups rather than Republicans or Democrats.
3. Street, John C., Angling for the future — Hunting for the truth: Understanding Sustainable Development - Agenda 21.
County disagrees with forest proposal
By Barbara Bauerle
Dillon Tribune staff
Calling it a "New Day and New Era of Cooperation," diverse groups such as Sun Mountain Lumber, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, RY Timber, Montana Wilderness Association, National Wildlife Federation and Montana Trout Unlimited have come together to create their own revision to the Forest Service's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Revised Land and Resource Management Plan.
The groups said they weren't happy with the proposal plan by the Forest Service so decided to come up with an alternative. The plan incorporates "Stewardship Contracting," a concept whereby the lumber companies can continue to log areas of the forest (based on the slope of forested areas) and can manage for disease and fire danger in exchange for adding more acres to wilderness status.
According to Sun Mountain Lumber President and owner Sherm Anderson, "If we don't come up with some new ideas, we're all going to end up being losers." He said the remaining nearby lumber companies are dwindling and soon there won't be any infrastructure left to manage the forest. "The alternative is to watch the beetles and fires manage the forest," he said, referring to significant insect infestation and the threat of fires in overgrown, mature forested areas.
After hearing about Monday's press conference, Beaverhead County Commissioner Garth Haugland said that the commissioners don't argue with jobs and managing the forest, but that's not the whole picture. "You can't just look at lumber and wilderness," he said. "There are other groups." He cited motorized recreation users as one group of constituents that the commissioners had heard from during the comment period on the original forest plan. Commissioner Tom Rice pointed out that the new proposal will result in a net decrease in permanent roads on the forest at the end of the planning period.
Commissioner Mike McGinley said the commissioners had commented on the Forest Service plan within the allotted time frame (by Oct. 31, 2005), and this new proposal goes directly against their comments in many areas. He cited the Lima Peaks, West Pioneers and West Big Hole areas that the new proposal wants to include as wilderness. "These areas did not meet the criteria as wilderness, so why are they included?" he asked. "Twenty-five years ago the West Pioneers were rejected as wilderness because they didn't meet the criteria."
Commissioner Rice agreed. "There are eight wilderness areas in this new proposal that weren't included in the original Forest Service proposal," he said. Haugland added, "We could support the recommended wilderness in Italian Peaks and the addition to the Pintlar but not the others." The new plan lists 18 areas of recommended wilderness that would add approximately 573,000 acres to the 225,000 acres of existing wilderness. McGinley said some time ago there was a petition with about 2,000 signatures to keep the West Big Hole out of wilderness designation but it is again included in the new proposal.
The commissioners met with several members of the new proposal's coalition last Thursday and stated their concerns. McGinley and Rice said that neither had been told about the upcoming press conference at the end of that meeting, but had discussed meeting again with the group. Haugland did not attend that meeting but had attended one two weeks earlier to discuss the same sticking points.
Tom France, director of the Northern Rockies office of the National Wildlife Federation, called the proposal the 'first serious wilderness proposal in a generation." Tim Baker, executive director of the Montana Wilderness Association, said it has been 23 years since Congress last passed a wilderness bill in Montana and "in that time the issue has become so contentious it's resulted in grid lock." Bruce Farling, executive director of Montana Trout Unlimited, said "To any hard core naysayers, we say 'What's your alternative?'" Beaverhead County Commissioners feel they have given their input to the Forest Service, and cited that the Forest Service is required by law to afford local government "privilege" to influence any plan.
According to Tony Colter, also of Sun Mountain Lumber, the coalition still hopes to get more buy in from county commissioners and motorized and nonmotorized recreation users. He said they have set up meetings with these groups to discuss this proposal. "We're certainly interested in their input on this plan," France said.
Jack de Golia, public affairs officer for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, said the Forest Service welcomes the opportunity to look at the new proposal even though Oct. 31, 2005, was the last date for input. He said the Forest Service is in "the final stages of getting our alternatives in place."
de Golia added that any new proposal would "have to stay within the range of alternatives presented" in the Forest Service's current proposed plan. He said that shortly the Forest Service will go into formal consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, which normally takes six months. The final forest plan must be in place by 2007. There is a meeting scheduled for May 24 in Butte for the Forest Service to meet with county commissioners from affected areas such as Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, Deer Lodge and Silver Bow counties to discuss public comments received on the plan to date.