Friends of the Bitterroot

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Bitteroot Mountains
Bitterroot Mountains
Bitteroot Mountains
Bitterroot Mountains

Forest Watch

By John Grove

Friends of the Bitterroot reviews and comments on virtually every management activity on the Bitterroot, and on portions of the Salmon, Beaverhead/Deerlodge and Lolo National Forests as well as on state lands and other public lands in the area. FOB participates in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) processes as a public interest group.

Our forest watch area, or zone of defense, is in the heart of the Northern Rockies and encompasses some of the most critical, biologically valuable habitat in America. This area includes the Salmon/Selway ecosystem, containing the largest contiguous wildland complex in the 48 states, as well as a hub of biological corridors connecting the Salmon/Selway to the Yellowstone and the Northern Continental Divide ecosystems. It also includes the headwaters of the mighty Missouri and the Columbia Rivers.

Our policy is to use the best available science and most recent legal rulings to guide our forest watch activities. FOB uses all administrative remedies available and, if necessary to prevent resource damage, FOB will litigate when our financial resources permit. We have an enviable record of winning law suits. This record along with our persistence and thoroughness are the keys to our success. Many damaging proposals never make it off the drawing board because of our history of effective forest protection.

The Eagle Watches...

In addition to reviewing and commenting on proposed agency projects, our activities also include field trips to collect on-the-ground data, review of scientific literature to support comments and litigation, public education, and meetings with land managers