Exploring the Wild Great Burn

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Montana Wilderness Association’s campaign to get Idaho’s portion of the Great Burn Area listed as “recommended wilderness” and the Chug for Charity event at Draught Works where MWA asked drinkers to send comment cards to the Clearwater National Forest. I was there, and although I could discuss the region’s importance as a wildlife corridor and make vague allusions to its beauty, I had never been to the Great Burn. With the belief that you can’t really fight for something without knowing what it is you are fighting for, I decided to make my first sojourn into the Great Burn. Continue reading

Senator Baucus Celebrates Heritage Ale

Okay, another brewery story out of Missoula. Big surprise. But unlike many others, this one has some larger significance. On Wednesday afternoon representatives from the Montana Wilderness Association along with organizations such as Montana Conservation Voters, Montana Wildlife Federation, the Wilderness Society, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Horseman of Montana and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, among others, all gathered at the Tamarack Brewery on Front Street for the release of Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Ale. The summer saison, which has been in the works for months, is brewed in celebration of Senator Max Baucus’s signature legislation, the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act. Continue reading