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“Walk on the Green Earth, Engrossed Deeply in the Moment, Feeling Truly Alive.” | Turnpike Fabrication near a Patch of Semi-Muddy Dirt on the Moose Creek Trail / Forest Service Stewardship Project Photo Journal / Volunteer @ B.M.W.F.


SUMMER 2021
Wilderness Stewardship “Hitch” #4
“Walk on the Green Earth, Dwelling Deeply in the Present Moment, Feeling Truly Alive.”

VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

Turnpike Fabrication near a Patch of Semi-Muddy Dirt
BMWF #13 Moose Creek – Turnpike Construction

Bob Marshall Wilderness
1,009,364 Acres of Public Lands
Designated to Preserve Natural Values
National Wilderness Preservation System
Montana, USA
August 2nd to August 8th 2021
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“What Wild Animal… Fearless Among Ledges and Cliffs… Has a Positive Taste for Fresh Pee?” | HQ Pass Cleanup & Rock Kicking Crew / Forest Service Stewardship Project Photo Investigation / Volunteer @ B.M.W.F.


SUMMER 2021
Wilderness Stewardship “Hitch” #3
“What Wild Animal… Fearless Among Ledges and Cliffs … Loves to Lick Pee?”

VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

Headquarters Pass Cleanup & Rock Kicking Crew
BMWF #12 Headquarters Pass – Trail Clearing

Bob Marshall Wilderness
1,009,364 Acres of Public Lands
Designated to Preserve Natural Values
National Wilderness Preservation System
Montana, USA
July 23rd to July 26th 2021
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“An Ode to Slippery Bill Mountain… Shadiest Mound of Ground Around” | Westside Trail #214 Re-Route and Drainage Digging / Forest Service Stewardship Project Photo Journal / Volunteer @ B.M.W.F.


SUMMER 2021
Wilderness Stewardship “Hitch” #2
“An Ode to Slippery Bill Mountain… Shadiest Mound of Ground Around”

VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

Westside Trail #214 Needed Some Assistance
BMWF #10 Westside Trail – Reroute & Drainage Digging

Great Bear Wilderness
285,771 Acres of Public Lands
Designated to Preserve Natural Values
National Wilderness Preservation System
Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, Montana, USA
July 16th to July 21st 2021
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“Encounters with the Double Bubble… Wild Hot Springs Combo Pack” | Middle Fork Salmon River Mop-Up Crew / Forest Service Stewardship Project Photo Album / Volunteer @ S.B.F.C.


SUMMER 2021
Wilderness Stewardship “Hitch” #1
“Encounters with the Double Bubble… Wild Hot Springs Combo Pack”

VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation

Middle Fork Salmon River Trail Mop-Up Crew
SBFC Upper Middle Fork Trail Maintenance

Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness
2.3 Million Acres of Public Lands
Designated to Preserve Natural Values
National Wilderness Preservation System
Idaho, USA
June 21st to June 30th 2021
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PUBLIC LAND OWNERS | Together, the American People Own 640 Million Acres of Surface Lands in the United States

The United States encompasses 2.27 billion acres of surface lands. Together the American People collectively own 640 million acres of the lands within our national borders.

The American people… have entrusted the task of administering our national public lands with four major federal land management agencies. Together these four agencies oversee roughly 610 million, of the 640 million acres publicly owned land in the United States. All of these agencies work for us… the American citizenry.

1) Bureau of Land Management
2) Forest Service
3) Fish and Wildlife Service
4) National Park Service
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Explore The Forests, Climb The Mountains, Bag The Peaks, Run The Rivers | 12 Tracts to Lay Down Tracks on Public Lands / PLUS 3 Tracts Better Run in Kayaks / Foreward by Ed Abbey

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here.” – Edward Abbey
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HOW TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL ADVENTURES | Enlist to Assassinate Invasive Plants Trespassing inside Montana’s Great Bear Wilderness ∗ Volunteer Stewardship Project with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

Escorted 14 Miles into Montana’s Great Bear Wilderness by a Guide, Three Other Like-Minded Volunteers, and a Black Lab named Bonnie
⇒ FOREST SERVICE STEWARDSHIP PROJECT
→ Invasive Plant Murder and Mayhem
National Wilderness Preservation System
July 10th – 15th 2019
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THE BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS COMPLEX | A Final Refuge for Native Wildlife & Sanctuary for Dreaded Grizzly Bears ∗ Beautiful Animals or Untamed Wild Barbarians?

The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex encompasses three neighboring wilderness areas that have been designated into the U.S. National Wilderness Preservation System
Outside of Alaska, the complex preserves habitat for native grizzly bears, some of the last spaces still left for these creatures to roam wild in the United States.

“The philosophy that progress is proportional to the amount of alteration imposed upon nature, never seemed to have occurred to the Indians.” – Bob Marshall
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THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964 | Public Law 88-577 ∗ “An Act to Establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the Permanent Good of the Whole People”

The Wilderness Act of 1964
Public Law 88-577
SECTION 2. (a)
“In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify all areas within the United States and its possessions, leaving no lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Congress to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”
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FRANK CHURCH – RIVER OF NO RETURN WILDERNESS | Largest Block of Contiguous Wilderness in the Contiguous United States → Two Words: Vigorous & Rigorous

The Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980
Public Law 96-312
Enacted 7/23/1980
“… It is a great spiritual experience. I never knew a man who took a bedroll into an Idaho mountainside and slept there under a star-studded summer sky who felt self-important that next morning. Unless we preserve some opportunity for future generations to have the same experience, we shall have dishonored our trust.”
– Senator Frank Church
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Championing a Wilderness Philosophy | Part 15

When the Wilderness Act (PL 88-577) was passed into law in 1964, land developments were a pressing threat that risked the eventual eradication of all wilderness contained within our American borders. While land development continues to threaten the permanent preservation of wilderness today, the legal provisions provided by the Wilderness Act helped sustain the continuance of a few wild ecosystems, in a principally natural and undeveloped state, in our modern age.

The fact that National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) lands remain fundamentally undeveloped in excess of fifty years since the passage of the Wilderness Act is reason for encouragement. Nevertheless, the presence of statutory protections that prohibit future developments on designated NWPS lands, are insufficient. American wilderness continues to face a number of serious threats. As a multitude of factors that threaten to destroy our collective resource of enduring wilderness, have continued to increase in complexity during the modern era.
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Political Responsibility | Part 14

The Wilderness Act (PL 88-577) directed us to consider wilderness as a place where “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man”. It should be understood that the complexities involved in maintaining this directive are growing and require a careful path forward to sustain lasting preservation.

The final responsibility for policies upholding statutory protections in support of wilderness, rest at the political level. For this reason, political attacks questioning climate change science, federal land ownership, and established regulations preserving the wildness within the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS), threaten to someday unravel a permanently enduring resource of wilderness.
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Legislative Decision Making | Part 13

The title of the Wilderness Act (PL 88-577) described the goal of passing the legislation: “to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people”. In the Act, Congress also reserved the right to make all final decisions regarding future proposals seeking to modify the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS).

The result is an American wilderness system presumed to be held in perpetuum, considering a congressional act of repeal would be required to undo the protections mandated by the Wilderness Act.
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The American Public’s Stake in Wilderness | Part 12

Despite the Wilderness Act being established in excess of fifty years ago, American wildlands are now confronted with a developing quandary. In the interim, ever advancing commercial developments have resulted in fewer roadless regions across the landscape, while an increasing percentage of Americans have become disconnected from experiences in the wild country.

Although it’s true that more land than ever before is now protected as a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS), new additions have slowed in recent years. Meanwhile, private commercial interests that desire massive deregulations, have amassed additional political powers and are using these new capacities to advance an agenda that ultimately erodes public acceptance of wilderness values.
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Political Ideology and Legislation | Part 11

A growing number of Americans have reacted to the inundation of increasingly reckless political messages, by defining their affiliation to a political party as a part of their social identity. This oftentimes results in an increased tendency to adamantly reject the policies supported by the opposing party, regardless of the facts inherent to the issues at hand.

These developments should be of concern to individuals worried about environmental protection, the future of public lands, wilderness preservation, or various other topics being debated within the political arena…
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