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Wilderness Areas and Recreation Management Areas Proposed in Southwest Montana


Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009
Sponsored by Senator John Tester of Montana

(introduced 7/20/2009)
Download and Read the Entire Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009

S.1470
Title: A bill to sustain the economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land and other public land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release certain wilderness study areas, to designate new areas for recreation, and for other purposes.

Forest Jobs and Recreation Act of 2009 - Directs the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior to select areas on which to carry out, through the use of stewardship contracts or other contracting mechanisms, landscape-scale restoration projects on National Forest System land, and which may include other federal, state, tribal, or private land, in Montana for reclaiming or converting roads into recreational trails, restoring fish and wildlife habitat, replacing or resizing culverts, generating revenue for the investment of funds into fish and wildlife restoration and maintenance initiatives, and maintaining the infrastructure of wood products manufacturing facilities. Provides for specified forest management activities on the stewardship areas selected under this Act.

Establishes resource advisory committees for the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and the Three Rivers Ranger District in Kootenai National Forest.

Requires the Secretaries to report every five years on implementation of such projects.

Authorizes the use of certain funds for payment of the federal cost share for the installation of combined heat and power biomass system projects. Requires a specified biomass study.

Designates specified forest and public lands in Montana as wilderness areas and components of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Releases specified wilderness study areas from further study for designation as wilderness.

Designates or establishes the: (1) Lost Creek Protection Area; (2) West Big Hole National Recreation Area; (3) West Pioneers Recreation Management Area; (4) Thunderbolt Creek Recreation Area; (5) Three Rivers Special Management Area; and (6) Otatsy Recreation Area.

Maps and Downloadable documents of Proposed Wilderness Areas and Recreation Management Areas in the East Pioneer Mountains and West Pioneer Mountains in the Beaverhead - Deer Lodge Natonal Forest of Beaverhead County, in Southwest Montana

Proposed Wilderness Areas in the East Pioneer and West Pioneer Mountains in Beaverhead County of Southwest Montana
  • Pioneer Mountains Proposed Wilderness Map
    (Ultra High Resolution Map 6000x8125 14.3 MB)
  • Pioneer Mountains Proposed Wilderness Map
    (High Resolution 3000x4063 3.71MB)
  • Pioneer Mountains Proposed Wilderness Map
    (Medium Resolution 1500x2032 886KB)
  • Pioneer Mountains Proposed Wilderness Map
    (Low Resolution 750x1016 293KB)
  • East Pioneer Mountains Wilderness Proposal Map
    (PDF 9.48MB)
  • West Pioneer Mountains Wilderness Proposal Map
    (PDF 7.82MB)

  • Proposed Wilderness Areas in the West Big Hole Valley and Bitterroot Mountins in West Big Hole in Beaverhead County of Southwest Montana

    Proposed Wilderness Areas in the Italian Peaks in Beaverhead County of Southwest Montana

    Proposed Wilderness Areas in Garfiled Mountain and Lima Peaks area in Beaverhead County of Southwest Montana

    Blacktail Mountains Proposed Wilderness Areas in Beaverhead County of Southwest Montana

    Proposed Wilderness Areas in the Ruby Mountains in Madison County of Southwest Montana

    Proposed Wilderness Areas in the Snowcrest Mountains in Madison County of Southwest Montana

    Proposed Wilderness Areas in the Centennial Mountains in Beaverhead County of Southwest Montana