Friends of the Bitterroot

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Happy 20th Birthday FOB!

In 1988, a small group of local conservation activists dedicated to protecting the quality of life in the Bitterroot valley and surrounding back country organized to form Friends of the Bitterroot. Deeply concerned over the ways in which the Forest Service was mismanaging the Bitterroot, Beaverhead, Salmon, Deerlodge and Lolo National Forests, our forest watch group began monitoring Forest Service projects to ensure that the Forest Service adhered to federal environmental laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act,and the Endangered Species Act in managing these forests.

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At that time the road and clearcut mentality dominated forestry in the Bitterroot ecosystem. Taxpayer subsidized logging roads sliced into the fragile mountain sides, dumping tons of sediment into clean watersheds, devastating native fisheries. On our National Forests, unnecessary roads and clearcuts fragment and destroy critical wildlife habitat and fisheries. Since its inception, FOB’s efforts have moved the National Forest much closer to the reality of sustained yield.

We are a 501.c.3 nonprofit, volunteer Forest Watch group of over 600 members. Our efforts include commenting on most Federal and State land management projects on adjacent national forests and state lands.

We have been instrumental in reducing the timber harvest to about 25% of the unrealistic and ecologically unsound pre-1988 levels; protecting roadless areas; and progressing toward grassland and riparian protection. cryptocurrency exchange business

More recently FOB has become involved in other quality of life issues such as weed control, pesticide use, protecting wilderness study areas, the growing intrusion of motorized vehicle use in roadless areas, Ravalli County growth planning and the environmental impacts of unregulated and under-regulated development. Our goal is to ensure environmental laws are not violated, and to guarantee that local citizens’ concerns are heard, including the full disclosure of both community and environmental impacts.

To us, health is wealth. To protect and improve ecosystem health as a whole is to protect and improve the health of all resident organisms, ourselves and the unaware included.

FOB’s success is rooted in mobilizing local citizens into a sustained volunteer effort. By drawing on the diversity of our members: scientists, geologists, biologists, artists, loggers, foresters, students, business owners, and other working & retired local citizens, FOB develops coordinated campaigns involving public participation, grassroots organizing, education, and press work. This process is supported by reviews and analyses of scientific research adapted to local conditions: a knowledge acquired by intensive field work.

Fundamental to FOB’s success is thoroughness. FOB does not focus solely on timber sales, but actively participates in the entire decision-making process on issues vital to ecological health: habitat destruction, grizzly bear and wolf recovery, road construction, prescribed burns, wilderness dam maintenance, mining, grazing, and illegal off road vehicle use to name just a few. FOB also takes a proactive approach through public information, town meetings, and working with regional groups on legislative concepts for habitat protection such as the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act. cryptocurrency broker

FOB prefers cooperation and is an active participant in consensus building forums. FOB litigates as a last resort when it is necessary to ensure environmental laws are followed. In FOB’s successful litigation of the Trail Creek Timber Sale, the Court ruled that the Forest Service blatantly ignored environmental laws. FOB won its Bender-Retie case, successfully contending that the Forest Service failed to address the cumulative effects of this timber sale, as well as its destructive impact to native fisheries. FOB’s victory in these cases means that a critical segment in the network of potential roadless wildlife migration corridors linking the Greater Yellowstone, Salmon-Selway, and Northern Continental Divide Ecosystems is one step closer to being protected.

We have won other battles. Many acres of trees are still standing. Wildlife habitat has been preserved and water quality protected but those who would sacrifice our natural resources for short term profits continue to pressure government agencies. We're there to fight for the values that make Western Montana the unique and wonderful place it is, our home.

The struggle to preserve continues, please JOIN US.

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