In this episode, I interview Scott Brennan, director of the the Montana office of The Wilderness Society.
We discuss The Wilderness Society's compromise-based approach to new wilderness protection and the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. We also zero in on the Gallatin Forest Partnership, a collaborative conservation plan for the Gallatin Range that stretches north from the flanks of Yellowstone National Park to the Bridger Mountains outside of Bozeman; this partnership is building coalitions among special interest groups including ranchers and mountain bikers. This is the first of two interviews about the future of the Gallatin Range, as many people and organizations seek to protect this ecosystem and have diverse opinions and approaches on what land protection should look like. Please stay tuned for my next episode for an alternative take, where I interview Joe Scalia with the newly formed Yellowstone Gallatin Conservation Alliance. This group is advocating for a no-compromise stance on wilderness protection in the Gallatin Range. I hope you enjoy this episode. I had a great time meeting with Scott and learning about The Wilderness Society's approach to conservation. Thanks for listening.