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The WWA staff and board are reenergized and rearing to go. From strategic plans and campaign brainstorms to budgets and development goals, we did it all this weekend. A great team working on the great cause of protecting Wyoming public wildlands •
#wild #wilderness #sheridanwyoming #bighornmountains mountains #bighornnationalforest #bridgertetonnationalforest #bureauoflandmanagement #wyoming #wildernessstudyarea #johnsoncounty #tetoncounty #sweetwatercounty #wyomingwildernessassociaton #goteamgo
The WWA staff and board are reenergized and rearing to go. From strategic plans and campaign brainstorms to budgets and development goals, we did it all this weekend. A great team working on the great cause of protecting Wyoming public wildlands • #wild  #wilderness  #sheridanwyoming  #bighornmountains  mountains #bighornnationalforest  #bridgertetonnationalforest  #bureauoflandmanagement  #wyoming  #wildernessstudyarea  #johnsoncounty  #tetoncounty  #sweetwatercounty  #wyomingwildernessassociaton  #goteamgo 
It has been a while, if ever, that I have seen the Behind the Rocks wilderness study area from this angle. I rode Poison Spider Mesa to Portal back in '99 with @chiaheadmojorider and raced Moab Rim DH way back when as well. Even rode Hidden Valley to Moab Rim and Hunter Canyon Rim to Pritchett Canyon last Spring. But I never realized how immense this hard to see area really is. I was treated to a few great views into that area today that just blew my mind. And if you look closely you can see snow on the La Sals #behindtherocks #SoMajestic #beautifulview #moab #rocks #sky #clouds #sandstone #offthebeatenpath #IloveThisPlace #wildernessstudyarea
It has been a while, if ever, that I have seen the Behind the Rocks wilderness study area from this angle. I rode Poison Spider Mesa to Portal back in '99 with @chiaheadmojorider and raced Moab Rim DH way back when as well. Even rode Hidden Valley to Moab Rim and Hunter Canyon Rim to Pritchett Canyon last Spring. But I never realized how immense this hard to see area really is. I was treated to a few great views into that area today that just blew my mind. And if you look closely you can see snow on the La Sals #behindtherocks  #SoMajestic  #beautifulview  #moab  #rocks  #sky  #clouds  #sandstone  #offthebeatenpath  #IloveThisPlace  #wildernessstudyarea 
The more you look, the more you see. WWA asks that you take a closer look at the one and only Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area and the many threats that its wild future faces. (See link in profile). 📸: @nomadic_piper •
#adobetown #wildernessstudyarea #wilderness #wyoming #sweetwatercounty #wild #explore #advenute #observe #protect #nodrilling
Good things at the end of a rainbow. #potofgold #iownit #highdivide #mypubliclands #wildernessstudyarea. #publiclandowner #keepitpublic #publiclandsproud @backcountryhunters
Wilderness isn’t a lock and key it’s an invitation to be wild and free. Roads and fences, oil, gas and mineral extraction are all one way tickets to losing the few untrammeled places we have left. Clearly Cheney cannot realize that from her office in D.C. 📸: @nomadic_piper • 
#saynotocheney #wild #free #protect #advocate #thislandisyourland #thislandisourland #wyoming #explore #nodrilling #wildernessstudyarea #adobetown #sweetwatercounty
Vote for #FriendsofNVWild in the @nvenergy #PowerOfGood Giveaway (North category) at the link in our bio to support volunteer-powered restoration that will bring pollinators, sage grouse, pronghorn, & other wildlife back after the 435,000-acre Martin Fire - & help prevent invasives like cheatgrass from taking hold!
#WildernessStudyArea #OurPublicLands #FriendsofNVWild #Volunteer #HomeMeansNevada #SageGrouse #MyWSAAdventure #MakeADifference #Pronghorn #Pollinators
In numerous counties around Wyoming, collaborative committees are meeting to try to decide what to recommend the U.S. Congress do with dozens of wilderness study areas that have been stuck in limbo for over 40 years. These areas lack the permanent protections of wilderness but are also closed to most kinds of recreation or development.

@wyomingwilderness a conservation group, recently hired a new director, Khale Century Reno. She spoke with @melodieedwards about bringing a new energy to the conversation.

Listen to the story on our website. Link in bio.
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#wypublicradio #publicradio #npr #wyoming #journalism #conservation #publiclands #politics #wildernessstudyarea #wilderness #trumpadministration #wyomingpubliclands #keepitpublicwyo
In numerous counties around Wyoming, collaborative committees are meeting to try to decide what to recommend the U.S. Congress do with dozens of wilderness study areas that have been stuck in limbo for over 40 years. These areas lack the permanent protections of wilderness but are also closed to most kinds of recreation or development. @wyomingwilderness a conservation group, recently hired a new director, Khale Century Reno. She spoke with @melodieedwards about bringing a new energy to the conversation. Listen to the story on our website. Link in bio. --- #wypublicradio  #publicradio  #npr  #wyoming  #journalism  #conservation  #publiclands  #politics  #wildernessstudyarea  #wilderness  #trumpadministration  #wyomingpubliclands  #keepitpublicwyo 
Autumn is pretty stellar, but Autumn in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area is just about as good as it gets!! WWA so enjoyed spending the day with some #greatoldbroadsforwilderness and learning from them why they believe the wild Palisades should stay wild! •

#wild #palisades #wildernessstudyarea #protect #appreciate #advocate #explore #mountains #canyons #creek #fall #autumn #autumncolors #hiking #lake #sunlight #happiness
Help fight fire with Friends: Last July, the Martin Fire roared through northern Nevada, burning over 400,000 acres, including a good portion of the North Fork Little Humboldt #WildernessStudyArea – but you can vote to make a difference and fund restoration by following the link in our bio! Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 28, during the @nvenergy Power Of Good giveaway, vote to support funding for post-Martin Fire native seedling plantings in the N. Fork Little Humboldt Wilderness Study Area.

Invasive species like cheatgrass flourish in burnt areas - but not if our volunteers can get there first! The BLM needs our help to hand-plant native seedlings that attract pollinators in the riparian areas so they can focus on larger-scale restoration efforts. 
Help us ensure our native bees and butterflies come back to this rugged slice of wild Nevada - vote all four days!

#WildernessStudyArea #Winnemucca #MartinFire #WildNevada #FriendsofNVWild #PowerofGood #VolunteerPower #HomeMeansNevada #MakeADifference
Help fight fire with Friends: Last July, the Martin Fire roared through northern Nevada, burning over 400,000 acres, including a good portion of the North Fork Little Humboldt #WildernessStudyArea  – but you can vote to make a difference and fund restoration by following the link in our bio! Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 28, during the @nvenergy Power Of Good giveaway, vote to support funding for post-Martin Fire native seedling plantings in the N. Fork Little Humboldt Wilderness Study Area. Invasive species like cheatgrass flourish in burnt areas - but not if our volunteers can get there first! The BLM needs our help to hand-plant native seedlings that attract pollinators in the riparian areas so they can focus on larger-scale restoration efforts. Help us ensure our native bees and butterflies come back to this rugged slice of wild Nevada - vote all four days! #WildernessStudyArea  #Winnemucca  #MartinFire  #WildNevada  #FriendsofNVWild  #PowerofGood  #VolunteerPower  #HomeMeansNevada  #MakeADifference 
The Wyoming Wilderness Association believes that public land is one of the most special parts of our great nation. We work every day to protect the wildest of these lands, from BLM to National Forest, so future generations get to see the same wild reality that we are all so fortunate to enjoy today. •
Happy #nationalpubliclandsday •

Picture one: Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area (WSA) For more information on this landscape, and how you can get involved with protecting it, please see the link in our profile. 📸: @nomadic_piper •

Picture two: Palisades WSA•

Picture three: Shoal Creek WSA•
#wild #wilderness #wildernessstudyarea #BLM #NationForest #PublicLand #Keepitpublic #keepitwild #wyoming #explore #protect #enjoy #advocate #vote #palisades #adobetown #cleanair #cleanwater #wildfutures
The Wyoming Wilderness Association believes that public land is one of the most special parts of our great nation. We work every day to protect the wildest of these lands, from BLM to National Forest, so future generations get to see the same wild reality that we are all so fortunate to enjoy today. • Happy #nationalpubliclandsday  • Picture one: Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area (WSA) For more information on this landscape, and how you can get involved with protecting it, please see the link in our profile. 📸: @nomadic_piper • Picture two: Palisades WSA• Picture three: Shoal Creek WSA• #wild  #wilderness  #wildernessstudyarea  #BLM  #NationForest  #PublicLand  #Keepitpublic  #keepitwild  #wyoming  #explore  #protect  #enjoy  #advocate  #vote  #palisades  #adobetown  #cleanair  #cleanwater  #wildfutures 
Layers of time unfold in the San Rafael Swell. A large #anticline exposes millenia of sedimentary rock. Some layers, like the #whiterim contain valuable and dangerous quantities of Uranium. ~

Thousands of people flocked to the San Rafael and surrounding areas in the mid 20th century for the #uraniumrush. Some made it big, while others lost it all to later die of cancer. ~

The San Rafael is a very personal area for me, my pioneer ancestors, the Swaseys were the first Anglos to ever see this area. Places like Swasey's Leap, Head of Sinbad, and Swasey's Cabin were their stomping grounds. ~

The Swaseys brought cattle and  other livestock to live on their desert homesteads, an idea that many people (then and now) considered crazy. ~

Before the Swaseys were the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) to the south, and the Fremont to the north. The Swell was a no-man's land between the homelands of these groups for many centuries. #petroglyphs and #pictographs line the walls of empty washes and lone spires. ~

Nowadays there are many views on how to manage this land. Some want to remove all regulations, allowing ATV access, grazing, and extraction to go wherever it pleases. Some want this area to keep its #wildernessstudyarea and #utahstatepark protections. Others simply drive through I-70 on their way to another destination, unaware of the geologic and anthropologic history they are wizzing past. 
#muddycreek #emerycounty #deseretindustria #anasazi #utahisrad
Layers of time unfold in the San Rafael Swell. A large #anticline  exposes millenia of sedimentary rock. Some layers, like the #whiterim  contain valuable and dangerous quantities of Uranium. ~ Thousands of people flocked to the San Rafael and surrounding areas in the mid 20th century for the #uraniumrush . Some made it big, while others lost it all to later die of cancer. ~ The San Rafael is a very personal area for me, my pioneer ancestors, the Swaseys were the first Anglos to ever see this area. Places like Swasey's Leap, Head of Sinbad, and Swasey's Cabin were their stomping grounds. ~ The Swaseys brought cattle and other livestock to live on their desert homesteads, an idea that many people (then and now) considered crazy. ~ Before the Swaseys were the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) to the south, and the Fremont to the north. The Swell was a no-man's land between the homelands of these groups for many centuries. #petroglyphs  and #pictographs  line the walls of empty washes and lone spires. ~ Nowadays there are many views on how to manage this land. Some want to remove all regulations, allowing ATV access, grazing, and extraction to go wherever it pleases. Some want this area to keep its #wildernessstudyarea  and #utahstatepark  protections. Others simply drive through I-70 on their way to another destination, unaware of the geologic and anthropologic history they are wizzing past. #muddycreek  #emerycounty  #deseretindustria  #anasazi  #utahisrad 
Wilderness Study Areas like Poodle Mountain WSA in Washoe County conserve wildlife habitat and watersheds, and provide stunning vistas for explorers. #WildernessstudyArea lands are public lands that have great Wilderness characteristics, but are in limbo until an act of Congress designates them as Wilderness or officially removes their WSA designation. Many of these public land gems are under threat at the county and federal level - visit nevadawilderness.org for more information on how you can defend our wildlife and watersheds. #MyWSAAdventure #KeepWashoeWild #ourpubliclands #keepitpublic 📷 @nevada_outside
Wilderness Study Areas like Poodle Mountain WSA in Washoe County conserve wildlife habitat and watersheds, and provide stunning vistas for explorers. #WildernessstudyArea  lands are public lands that have great Wilderness characteristics, but are in limbo until an act of Congress designates them as Wilderness or officially removes their WSA designation. Many of these public land gems are under threat at the county and federal level - visit nevadawilderness.org for more information on how you can defend our wildlife and watersheds. #MyWSAAdventure  #KeepWashoeWild  #ourpubliclands  #keepitpublic  📷 @nevada_outside
Monumental Loop Route Update: Cone Country has been rerouted to avoid entering the Potrillo Wilderness Study Area.  The new route goes within sight of the US/Mexico border (No Wall!) before turning north through a remote grassy bajada. Link for the updated route is in our bio and hopefully on @bikepackingcom soon. 📸: @whileoutriding #stewardsofshred #wildernessstudyarea #leavenotrace
Monumental Loop Route Update: Cone Country has been rerouted to avoid entering the Potrillo Wilderness Study Area. The new route goes within sight of the US/Mexico border (No Wall!) before turning north through a remote grassy bajada. Link for the updated route is in our bio and hopefully on @bikepackingcom soon. 📸: @whileoutriding #stewardsofshred  #wildernessstudyarea  #leavenotrace 
Awesome but bittersweet ride on Mile Creek to Sheep Creek today in Montana's Lionhead.  Trails may be closed to bikes any time if ruled incompatible with Wilderness Study Area designation.  Hundreds more miles on the chopping block.  Time to write some letters. .
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#mtb #singletrack #mountainbiking #montana #idaho #lionhead #miletosheepcreek #milecreek #sheepcreek #backcountry #cdt #continentaldividetrail #continentaldivide #pct #hikeabike #bikesinwilderness #wildernessculture #wildernessstudyarea #bikesbelong
Awesome but bittersweet ride on Mile Creek to Sheep Creek today in Montana's Lionhead. Trails may be closed to bikes any time if ruled incompatible with Wilderness Study Area designation. Hundreds more miles on the chopping block. Time to write some letters. . . . . #mtb  #singletrack  #mountainbiking  #montana  #idaho  #lionhead  #miletosheepcreek  #milecreek  #sheepcreek  #backcountry  #cdt  #continentaldividetrail  #continentaldivide  #pct  #hikeabike  #bikesinwilderness  #wildernessculture  #wildernessstudyarea  #bikesbelong 
Job Peak Wilderness Study Area is a western wildlife success story - desert bighorn sheep were successfully reintroduced to the WSA in 1981 after being eliminated through poaching and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep, which grazed the area until the 1940s. Today, bighorn sheep can be spotted traversing the WSA’s 90,000 acres of scenic ridges and rugged canyons, including towards the summit of Job Peak at 8,785 feet.

Managed by the BLM, Job Peak WSA is part of America’s National Conservation Lands.

Photo by @nevada_outside 
#WildernessStudyArea #ChurchillNV #BighornSheep #WildNevada #MyWSAAdventure #BLMWild
Job Peak Wilderness Study Area is a western wildlife success story - desert bighorn sheep were successfully reintroduced to the WSA in 1981 after being eliminated through poaching and diseases transmitted by domestic sheep, which grazed the area until the 1940s. Today, bighorn sheep can be spotted traversing the WSA’s 90,000 acres of scenic ridges and rugged canyons, including towards the summit of Job Peak at 8,785 feet. Managed by the BLM, Job Peak WSA is part of America’s National Conservation Lands. Photo by @nevada_outside #WildernessStudyArea  #ChurchillNV  #BighornSheep  #WildNevada  #MyWSAAdventure  #BLMWild 
Where are you adventuring to this weekend? Wild Nevada has no limits, including on age!! From hikes on Mt. Charleston to hunts in the Buffalo Hills Wilderness Study Area, we hope your weekend is as wonderful as the places we love. #Over60AndWild #WildernessStudyArea #MyWSAAdventure #WildNevada #KeepItPublic
A couple captures from this past week in the Centennial Mountains.
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#cdt #wildernessstudyarea #citizenscience #wsa #wildernessinstitute #fieldwork
I just wanted to take a moment and thank 👏🏼 everyone who attended our WSA 🏞Roundtable earlier today. Folks from wilderness👲🏼, business👩🏼‍💼, policy experts👨🏻‍🏫, and public opinions🗣 joined me in discussing the future of Montana’s Wilderness Study Areas🏔. The event was free and it was open to anyone who wanted to participate in a good-faith dialogue on the future of Montana’s WSAs🏕. This is what democracy looks like. The room was packed! And there was plenty of knowledge shared📑. Interested in attending things like this in the future❓ Click 👆🏼on my profile 💁🏻‍♀️and select events 📆 for our future gatherings. *
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#meetings #dialogue #goodconversation #wsa #wilderness #wildernessstudyarea #exerpts #nonpartisan #publicopinion #yourfuture #talkaboutit #mtpol #montanapolitics #optoutside #montanalife #montanastate #thelastbestplace #choosemountains #takeahike #gooutsideandplay #policy #yourvote #kw2dc #teamkathleen #kw4mt
I just wanted to take a moment and thank 👏🏼 everyone who attended our WSA 🏞Roundtable earlier today. Folks from wilderness👲🏼, business👩🏼‍💼, policy experts👨🏻‍🏫, and public opinions🗣 joined me in discussing the future of Montana’s Wilderness Study Areas🏔. The event was free and it was open to anyone who wanted to participate in a good-faith dialogue on the future of Montana’s WSAs🏕. This is what democracy looks like. The room was packed! And there was plenty of knowledge shared📑. Interested in attending things like this in the future❓ Click 👆🏼on my profile 💁🏻‍♀️and select events 📆 for our future gatherings. * * * * * * #meetings  #dialogue  #goodconversation  #wsa  #wilderness  #wildernessstudyarea  #exerpts  #nonpartisan  #publicopinion  #yourfuture  #talkaboutit  #mtpol  #montanapolitics  #optoutside  #montanalife  #montanastate  #thelastbestplace  #choosemountains  #takeahike  #gooutsideandplay  #policy  #yourvote  #kw2dc  #teamkathleen  #kw4mt 
Kathleen Williams is the Democratic candidate for Montana's lone U.S. House seat, and hosted a round-table regarding Wilderness Study Areas in Missoula today. There are 44 WSA’s in Big Sky country and the designation was given in the 1970’s as a way of protecting these areas from development. "Wilderness Study Areas have been a topic of public discussion recently. There have not been a lot of opportunities that I have heard of, for people to come and share their perspectives on Wilderness Study Areas, so we wanted to provide that opportunity," Williams said. #ktvh #kathleenwilliams #missoula #montana #montanapolitics #decision2018 #election #wildernessstudyarea #ktvhnews
Kathleen Williams is the Democratic candidate for Montana's lone U.S. House seat, and hosted a round-table regarding Wilderness Study Areas in Missoula today. There are 44 WSA’s in Big Sky country and the designation was given in the 1970’s as a way of protecting these areas from development. "Wilderness Study Areas have been a topic of public discussion recently. There have not been a lot of opportunities that I have heard of, for people to come and share their perspectives on Wilderness Study Areas, so we wanted to provide that opportunity," Williams said. #ktvh  #kathleenwilliams  #missoula  #montana  #montanapolitics  #decision2018  #election  #wildernessstudyarea  #ktvhnews 
I spent the weekend in some of the Montana Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) threatened by bills introduced by Sen. Daines and Rep. Gianforte. Over the next few weeks I plan to visit and capture footage in all 30 of the WSAs named in their bills with a team of filmmakers and environmentalists.
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We will be releasing a short film this fall, and our goal is to demonstrate what these areas look like and highlight their wilderness characteristics. In my opinion, WSAs are already wilderness and they deserve protection.
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Shout out to @augdoggy for helping me kick off this film series and showing me a good time this weekend!
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#LimekilnCanyon #BellLimekiln #WildernessStudyArea #WSA #Wilderness #Protection #Montana
I spent the weekend in some of the Montana Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) threatened by bills introduced by Sen. Daines and Rep. Gianforte. Over the next few weeks I plan to visit and capture footage in all 30 of the WSAs named in their bills with a team of filmmakers and environmentalists. . We will be releasing a short film this fall, and our goal is to demonstrate what these areas look like and highlight their wilderness characteristics. In my opinion, WSAs are already wilderness and they deserve protection. . Shout out to @augdoggy for helping me kick off this film series and showing me a good time this weekend! . #LimekilnCanyon  #BellLimekiln  #WildernessStudyArea  #WSA  #Wilderness  #Protection  #Montana 
If you're out watching the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend, make sure to bring your red lights to save your night vision! As growth continues across the nation and especially in Nevada, our dark sky oases are slowly disappearing. Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area (shown here) - one of the darkest places in the nation - is under threat from the Washoe County Commission, who wants to strip protections from the WSA while increasing development - and light pollution - in the Truckee Meadows. Tell your commissioner you want to #KeepWashoeWild by following the link in our bio. #KeepItPublic #MyWSAAdventure
If you're out watching the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend, make sure to bring your red lights to save your night vision! As growth continues across the nation and especially in Nevada, our dark sky oases are slowly disappearing. Massacre Rim Wilderness Study Area (shown here) - one of the darkest places in the nation - is under threat from the Washoe County Commission, who wants to strip protections from the WSA while increasing development - and light pollution - in the Truckee Meadows. Tell your commissioner you want to #KeepWashoeWild  by following the link in our bio. #KeepItPublic  #MyWSAAdventure 
Some land is difficult to describe. Beautifully broken and volatile. ——————————————————
#KeepItPublic #KeepItWild #wildernessstudyarea 
#WildernessForever
FANs of the Deschutes Canyon Area members are watering native showy milkweed in Deschutes-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area.  Diane Randgaard took a moment to water the plants while hiking today.  Please share selfies of YOUR stewardship on our local public lands.  #FANselfies #WildernessStudyArea #MonarchWayStations
FANs of the Deschutes Canyon Area members are watering native showy milkweed in Deschutes-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area. Diane Randgaard took a moment to water the plants while hiking today. Please share selfies of YOUR stewardship on our local public lands. #FANselfies  #WildernessStudyArea  #MonarchWayStations 
🔹🔹🔹🔹 Utah Rainbow 🌈 🔹🔹🔹🔹
#slickhorncanyon #wildernessstudyarea #utah #naturelover #solucky #roadtrip #epic #vacation #2018
A little throwback to last years first buck.  Opening day of ID in a #wildernessstudyarea Biggest body I've seen on a young buck. Didnt hesitate when he jumped up with 2 others; filling freezers before walls.  Looking forward to another great season. Shout out to @huntoutsider for letting me get the first shot this time.  #MDF #MuleDeer #whenishuntingseason #ID #406Life #
A little throwback to last years first buck. Opening day of ID in a #wildernessstudyarea  Biggest body I've seen on a young buck. Didnt hesitate when he jumped up with 2 others; filling freezers before walls. Looking forward to another great season. Shout out to @huntoutsider for letting me get the first shot this time. #MDF  #MuleDeer  #whenishuntingseason  #ID  #406Life  #
A little side adventure before the ranch.
#hiking #adventure #walkingintheshade #wildernessstudyarea
It was an honor to Emcee the press conference this morning urging Senator Heller to keep Public Lands in Public Hands! Thank you @nevadaconservationleague  @sierraclub @patagoniareno @naacp @renoflyshop #wildernessstudyarea #captainplanet
It was an honor to Emcee the press conference this morning urging Senator Heller to keep Public Lands in Public Hands! Thank you @nevadaconservationleague @sierraclub @patagoniareno @naacp @renoflyshop #wildernessstudyarea  #captainplanet 
I hiked my very first slot canyon today! Nothing too narrow, but the enormous canyon walls did close in a time or two. Spring creek canyon trail was a great 4-mile introduction to what slot canyons have to offer...including a couple of big Great Basin rattlesnakes! Luckily we spotted them in time and gave them plenty of room as they sluggishly slithered off into the leaves. Yikes!
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#springcreekcanyon #utah #kanarraville #slotcanyon #greatbasin #rattlesnake #desertbeauty #redrock #navajosandstone #wildernessstudyarea #lifeelevated #findyourpark #findyourtrail #optoutside #utahblm
I hiked my very first slot canyon today! Nothing too narrow, but the enormous canyon walls did close in a time or two. Spring creek canyon trail was a great 4-mile introduction to what slot canyons have to offer...including a couple of big Great Basin rattlesnakes! Luckily we spotted them in time and gave them plenty of room as they sluggishly slithered off into the leaves. Yikes! . . . #springcreekcanyon  #utah  #kanarraville  #slotcanyon  #greatbasin  #rattlesnake  #desertbeauty  #redrock  #navajosandstone  #wildernessstudyarea  #lifeelevated  #findyourpark  #findyourtrail  #optoutside  #utahblm 
Friends who are willing to hike all day with me and share in the exhilaration and exhaustion.
#doesntgetmuchbetter #allbozosonthisbus #preservewildplaces #wildernessstudyarea
We had a productive meeting with the @mypubliclands Las Cruces office today and will be sending our route changes to @bikepackingcom soon. While the new route misses the heart of Cone Country, it has other appealing features.  Hopefully the amount of hike-a-bike will decrease and it will take riders even closer to our border with Mexico. For the record, the border wall is a ridiculous idea. 
#friendsandneighbors #bikepacking #bureauoflandmanagement
We had a productive meeting with the @mypubliclands Las Cruces office today and will be sending our route changes to @bikepackingcom soon. While the new route misses the heart of Cone Country, it has other appealing features. Hopefully the amount of hike-a-bike will decrease and it will take riders even closer to our border with Mexico. For the record, the border wall is a ridiculous idea. #friendsandneighbors  #bikepacking  #bureauoflandmanagement 
For as far as the eye can see: two humans, an ocean of prairie, and not nearly enough wildlife. #SaveAnEcosystem #MontanaMoment #WildernessStudyArea 
Courtesy of our Membership Manager @jjillanderson
For as far as the eye can see: two humans, an ocean of prairie, and not nearly enough wildlife.

#SaveAnEcosystem #MontanaMoment #wildernessstudyarea #mtbigskyseries @americanprairie
Multi-colored #paintbrush getting ready to pop on the Copper Mountain #WildernessStudyArea in central #wyoming. #wyominglife #wyomingwild #wyomingwildflowers
Today is the  Wyoming application deadline. The 2018 antelope hunt is on the calendar!

It's going to be a unique antelope hunt, part of a story on the fate of Wilderness Study Areas.
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#antelope #pronghorn #hunting #conservation #wyoming #antelopehunting #huntwyoming #publiclandhunting #wilderness #wildernessstudyarea #publiclandowner #backcountryhunting
Feeling pretty dang lucky that this is what work looks like for me these days. I get paid to hike and camp and observe different landscapes? And sometimes our boss brings her dogs along? I mean, c’mon. #wildernessstudyarea #wsa #citizenscience #sciencerules #wildernesscharacter #lookingatplants #lookingatdogs
Suns out... Lizards out. Central Nevada is crawling with these beautiful Great Basin collard lizards right now. @alvey_ski spotted this one in the Palisade Mesa Wilderness Study Area. Tag us in your Nevada wildlife photos. #lizardsofinstagram #wildnevada #keepitwild #wsa #wildernessstudyarea #greatbasincollaredlizard
In #wilderness of the west desert, I saw granite so clearly in communion with the shape of water and ice. Its sharp, unforgiving texture still mingled among soft, weathering boulder faces and cracks in which entire piñon trees grow. Bats flew above our camp at night while golden eagles and jet-like vultures soared beyond the draw above to the sun. As I scrambled up the #granite crevices reaching for the highest dome possible to surmount I thought, “maybe it’s sharp because it doesn’t want to be touched.” #foodforthought
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In other news I got the first two best scores at Tetris @the1upcolfax today. 😈
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#protectwildutah #wildernessstudyarea #beUTAHful #nofilter #publiclands #ilovemyjob #tetris #queen #igotitfrommymomma <<📸May 17, 2018 & May 21,2018>>
In #wilderness  of the west desert, I saw granite so clearly in communion with the shape of water and ice. Its sharp, unforgiving texture still mingled among soft, weathering boulder faces and cracks in which entire piñon trees grow. Bats flew above our camp at night while golden eagles and jet-like vultures soared beyond the draw above to the sun. As I scrambled up the #granite  crevices reaching for the highest dome possible to surmount I thought, “maybe it’s sharp because it doesn’t want to be touched.” #foodforthought  . In other news I got the first two best scores at Tetris @the1upcolfax today. 😈 . . . . #protectwildutah  #wildernessstudyarea  #beUTAHful  #nofilter  #publiclands  #ilovemyjob  #tetris  #queen  #igotitfrommymomma  <<📸May 17, 2018 & May 21,2018>>
Hey there lil guy 👋. Found this beautiful Great Basin collared lizard chilling on the edge of Lunar Crater National Landmark in central Nevada. Taken with @basinlightphotography Sweet camera phone. #greatbasincollaredlizard #collaredlizard #lizardsofinstagram #keepitwild #keepitcolorful #nevada #wildernessstudyarea #wildlife #lizard #🦎 #wildnevada19 #explorenevada
Great hike with @coloradomtnclub into BLM’s Beaver Creek #wildernessstudyarea to celebrate #coloradopubliclandsday and to learn more about BLM’s Eastern CO Resource Management Plan revision and this incredible Wild Canyon country that they manage, extending north of Cañon City west to Salida. #blmwild #seeblm #mypubliclands #wildcolorado
Anaconda Pinter Range from high above. 
Standard staff recently flew over designated wilderness study areas in the Pioneer, Sapphire and Anaconda Pinter Ranges. Several bills before Congress are aimed at reducing wilderness study areas. ———
Read more about this issue on the montanastandard.com. Link in the bio. ———
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@wildmt @ecoflight ———
#butteamerica #butte #montana #wildernessculture #wilderness #wildernessstudyarea #anaconda #pintlermountains #pioneermountains #saphiremountains #mountains #publiclands #wildernessassociation  #ecoflight
Anaconda Pinter Range from high above. Standard staff recently flew over designated wilderness study areas in the Pioneer, Sapphire and Anaconda Pinter Ranges. Several bills before Congress are aimed at reducing wilderness study areas. ——— Read more about this issue on the montanastandard.com. Link in the bio. ——— Photo by @m.photojnrlist ——— @wildmt @ecoflight ——— #butteamerica  #butte  #montana  #wildernessculture  #wilderness  #wildernessstudyarea  #anaconda  #pintlermountains  #pioneermountains  #saphiremountains  #mountains  #publiclands  #wildernessassociation  #ecoflight 
Some remains from animals that must have fallen into the Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area. 
#newmexico #pooranimals #ahshislepah #farmingtonnm #travelnewmexico #wildernessstudyarea
Peaking through  the cool formations at Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness study area in New Mexico!
#coolrocks #lookatthatrock #rockformations #newmexico #travelnewmexico #ahshislepah #wildernessstudyarea #farmingtonnm #travel #traveling #exploring! #tbt #theowback #throwbackthursday
Wild Connections hikers enjoyed exploring side canyons of Beaver Creek #wildernessstudyarea on a gorgeous day last Saturday. Photo John Stansfield. #blmwild #seeblm #mypubliclands #wildcolorado
Most people view Wyoming as a shrubland and not a desert. But the red desert region on Wyoming really lives up to its name. I found this horse skull while exploring a little known wilderness study area south of I-80 #adobietownwilderness #reddesert #wyoming #wildernessstudyarea #tumbleweeds
The northern Red Desert is a big and perfect place 👌👌👌 *

#reddesert #sagebrush #wyoming #wildernessstudyarea #honeycombbuttes #boarstusk #killpeckersanddunes #oregonbuttes #greatdividebasin
Spring ‘18 staff retreat is in the books! There might be a smarter, more committed, more passionate, and better-looking crew out there (unlikely), but there’s no group of people in the world that I’d rather work and play with every day. From the Kootenai to Billings to Bozeman to Missoula to Helena to Great Falls to Conrad, every one of these folks spends their days doing real, unglamorous, on-the-ground work to make sure Montana’s wild places stay untamed, that our waters stay crystal clear, that our wildlife can thrive. That’s hard work, but there’s not an a ounce of cynicism in this group (about work, at least). Just talk to any one of these folks and the passion is obvious. You don’t knock on thousands of doors without passion. You don’t make hundreds of uncomfortable phone calls. You don’t willingly put yourself in the middle of unfriendly (and sometimes outright hostile) meetings. You don’t read 300 page forest plans over and over and over. You don’t dig deep to build broad coalitions, to find common ground. You don’t walk away from those coalitions when they’re not working out. You don’t recruit and organize hundreds of volunteer hike leaders across the state. You don’t give your blood and sweat to maintain our trails. You don’t fight for the Blackfoot Clearwater; for the Whitefish and Gallatin Ranges; for our prairie wildlands; for the Upper Missouri River Breaks; for the Big Snowies and the Crazies; for Montana’s 44 wilderness study areas; for the Bob, the AB, the Lee Metcalf, and all our other Wilderness Areas; for the wild, untamed, and unspoiled natural heritage that unites us as Montanans. The hard work, the tears, the struggles, the fear, and the frustration of this work are real, but they’re a small price to pay, the best gift that we can give to these wild places that have given us so much. So proud of this crew. 🍻🍻💚💚
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#wildmt #MWA #montanawildernessassociation #conservation #grassrootsorganizing #protectwilderness #wildernessstudyarea #wildernessarea #wildlands #wildlifeconservation #publiclands #publiclandsinpublichands #bloodsweatandtears #dogphotobomb
Spring ‘18 staff retreat is in the books! There might be a smarter, more committed, more passionate, and better-looking crew out there (unlikely), but there’s no group of people in the world that I’d rather work and play with every day. From the Kootenai to Billings to Bozeman to Missoula to Helena to Great Falls to Conrad, every one of these folks spends their days doing real, unglamorous, on-the-ground work to make sure Montana’s wild places stay untamed, that our waters stay crystal clear, that our wildlife can thrive. That’s hard work, but there’s not an a ounce of cynicism in this group (about work, at least). Just talk to any one of these folks and the passion is obvious. You don’t knock on thousands of doors without passion. You don’t make hundreds of uncomfortable phone calls. You don’t willingly put yourself in the middle of unfriendly (and sometimes outright hostile) meetings. You don’t read 300 page forest plans over and over and over. You don’t dig deep to build broad coalitions, to find common ground. You don’t walk away from those coalitions when they’re not working out. You don’t recruit and organize hundreds of volunteer hike leaders across the state. You don’t give your blood and sweat to maintain our trails. You don’t fight for the Blackfoot Clearwater; for the Whitefish and Gallatin Ranges; for our prairie wildlands; for the Upper Missouri River Breaks; for the Big Snowies and the Crazies; for Montana’s 44 wilderness study areas; for the Bob, the AB, the Lee Metcalf, and all our other Wilderness Areas; for the wild, untamed, and unspoiled natural heritage that unites us as Montanans. The hard work, the tears, the struggles, the fear, and the frustration of this work are real, but they’re a small price to pay, the best gift that we can give to these wild places that have given us so much. So proud of this crew. 🍻🍻💚💚 . . . #wildmt  #MWA  #montanawildernessassociation  #conservation  #grassrootsorganizing  #protectwilderness  #wildernessstudyarea  #wildernessarea  #wildlands  #wildlifeconservation  #publiclands  #publiclandsinpublichands  #bloodsweatandtears  #dogphotobomb 
According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, a majority of the Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area contains critical and irreplaceable habitat for the greater sage grouse. This region contains some of largest and most productive sage-grouse leks in Nevada. Friends of Nevada Wilderness believes that full Wilderness status for this area along with the restoration of important lek, nesting and brood-rearing habitat could help the bird's population to recover.

The Washoe County Commission has proposed stripping protection from this key piece of sagebrush-steppe ecosystem in northwestern Nevada. Join us at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 26 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the county’s public input meeting to tell the commission we support full Wilderness protection for Wall Canyon. #WildWashoe #SaveGrouse 
Follow the link in our bio for more information. 
Photos by Brian Beffort. #WildernessStudyArea #MyWSAAdventure
According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, a majority of the Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area contains critical and irreplaceable habitat for the greater sage grouse. This region contains some of largest and most productive sage-grouse leks in Nevada. Friends of Nevada Wilderness believes that full Wilderness status for this area along with the restoration of important lek, nesting and brood-rearing habitat could help the bird's population to recover. The Washoe County Commission has proposed stripping protection from this key piece of sagebrush-steppe ecosystem in northwestern Nevada. Join us at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 26 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the county’s public input meeting to tell the commission we support full Wilderness protection for Wall Canyon. #WildWashoe  #SaveGrouse  Follow the link in our bio for more information. Photos by Brian Beffort. #WildernessStudyArea  #MyWSAAdventure 
The future of Montana’s wilderness study areas is a contentious topic, no doubt about it. Everybody won’t agree on everything, but we believe that, at the very least, all Montanans should have a say in determining the fate of these spectacular wild places. In light of all this back and forth, we wanted to give Senator Daines on opportunity to speak for himself on the matter. This is what he had to say.
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#wildmt #publiclandsinpublichands #keepmontanawild #wildernessstudyarea #ourlandourlegacy
The future of Montana’s wilderness study areas is a contentious topic, no doubt about it. Everybody won’t agree on everything, but we believe that, at the very least, all Montanans should have a say in determining the fate of these spectacular wild places. In light of all this back and forth, we wanted to give Senator Daines on opportunity to speak for himself on the matter. This is what he had to say. . . . Swipe left to see the whole thing. . . . #wildmt  #publiclandsinpublichands  #keepmontanawild  #wildernessstudyarea  #ourlandourlegacy 
I can't ever seem to keep my clothes clean. But I'd rather be a dirtbag than do nothing. A challenging hike with good homies.

#dirtbags #hike #wander #hikemoab #hikeutah #hikrlife #wildernessstudyarea #getdirty #xputah #moab #scramble #playoutside #optoutside #freespirit #adventure #archhunting #arching #AvenzaMaps
Haven’t posted a pic of this sexy girl in a minute 🚀🔱 #marchforourlives 
#nomoreguns #wildernessstudyarea #24v
Safe to say that my little buddy really enjoyed his first time out on the trails last weekend. Here he is leading the way for @thesourviper and I 🐾🏔#mansbestfriend #minpin #dog #puppy #pooch #easternsierra #inyo #whitemountains #mountains #dogsthathike #winter #freshair #cold #wind #breeze #tablelands #volcanic #wildernessstudyarea #sierranevada #395 #vibes #blessed #givethanks #nikon #nikonnofilter
The #GunnisonRiver in the Dominguez Escalante Wilderness Study Area, Colorado. This area was frequented by the Ute people and Spanish explorers. #stayrocksteady #redrock #cliffwalls #dominguezescalantenationalconservationarea #wildernessstudyarea #backpacking #hiking #river #desert #colorado @visitcolorado #travelmyusa #petroglyphs #beautiful #getout #explore
"Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah" by Cheryl Casden, Acrylic on Canvas. Completely inspired by my visit to Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area in New Mexico where this alien mushroom geography really exists. Come see this in person along with other mushroom inspired works for the March 2nd's Magic Mushroom show in Chicago at Infiniteus Juice and Rock Shop! @infiniteusjuice #mushroomsrock #nowitsdone #newmexico #adventuresinfineart #wildernessstudyarea #outdooreducation
"Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah" by Cheryl Casden, Acrylic on Canvas. Completely inspired by my visit to Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness Study Area in New Mexico where this alien mushroom geography really exists. Come see this in person along with other mushroom inspired works for the March 2nd's Magic Mushroom show in Chicago at Infiniteus Juice and Rock Shop! @infiniteusjuice #mushroomsrock  #nowitsdone  #newmexico  #adventuresinfineart  #wildernessstudyarea  #outdooreducation 
Looking back at Gerlach, the Fox Range WSA, and the Poodle Mountain WSA from the Selenite Mountains WSA. #blackrockdesert #fbrhr #wilderness #wildernessstudyarea #nevada #northernnevada #desert #mountains #explore #hike #optoutside #getoutside #adventure #travelnevada #dfmi, #naturalnevada #publiclands #nationalconservationlands #outdoors #outside
In December, Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill that would open five wilderness study areas - nearly half a million acres of pristine wildlands - to oil and gas development, mining, and new off-road vehicle use. This bill would constitute the largest rollback of protected lands in Montana’s history.
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All of this was done with virtually no input from Montanans - in most cases, residents were cut out of the process entirely. Just one county had a public meeting, and it was so poorly publicized that only two people attended. Montana citizens who depend on WSAs for clean water, backcountry solitude, quiet recreation, wildlife habitat, and economic stability were ignored and sold out by “leaders” who are supposed to represent their interests.
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That’s not how Montana works. Our Land, Our Legacy is a coalition of Montanans of all stripes determined to ensure that decisions about Montana’s wildlands are made by and for Montanans, not in Washington for the benefit of a select few. Our wild legacy is at stake.
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Click the link in our profile to sign the open letter to Montana’s congressional delegation telling them to defend the wild places that are the heart and soul of Montana.
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#ourlandourlegacy #keepitwild #wildernessstudyarea #montanaiswild #keepitmontana #protectpubliclands #bigsnowymountains #collaborativeconservation #montanavalues #protectourwildplaces #ourwildheritage #montanawilderness #montanaranching #lewistownmontana #terrybadlands #montanawild
In December, Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill that would open five wilderness study areas - nearly half a million acres of pristine wildlands - to oil and gas development, mining, and new off-road vehicle use. This bill would constitute the largest rollback of protected lands in Montana’s history. . . All of this was done with virtually no input from Montanans - in most cases, residents were cut out of the process entirely. Just one county had a public meeting, and it was so poorly publicized that only two people attended. Montana citizens who depend on WSAs for clean water, backcountry solitude, quiet recreation, wildlife habitat, and economic stability were ignored and sold out by “leaders” who are supposed to represent their interests. . . That’s not how Montana works. Our Land, Our Legacy is a coalition of Montanans of all stripes determined to ensure that decisions about Montana’s wildlands are made by and for Montanans, not in Washington for the benefit of a select few. Our wild legacy is at stake. . . Click the link in our profile to sign the open letter to Montana’s congressional delegation telling them to defend the wild places that are the heart and soul of Montana. . . . #ourlandourlegacy  #keepitwild  #wildernessstudyarea  #montanaiswild  #keepitmontana  #protectpubliclands  #bigsnowymountains  #collaborativeconservation  #montanavalues  #protectourwildplaces  #ourwildheritage  #montanawilderness  #montanaranching  #lewistownmontana  #terrybadlands  #montanawild