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Legislators told collaboration will produce answer to Wilderness Study Area deadlock

By Brett French
The Helena Independent Record
January 15, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

MONTANA – Finding a way to reach a compromise on the long-stalled delisting of Montana Wilderness Study Areas, or conversely the adoption of those lands as wilderness, will take partnerships. “Collaboration is the driving force,” said John Hagengruber, Forest Service liaison to the state. Hagengruber was one of many people who spoke to the Environmental Quality Council, which is tasked under Senate Joint Resolution 20 with formulating “options for Congress to address the disposition” of the 663,000 acres contained in seven Montana WSAs. …While several speakers with wilderness, hunting and logging ties championed collaborative groups as the best means to reach a decision, a few testified that the composition of the group, as well as the information it possessed, could sway decision making. 

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