Montana Outdoors

July 20, 2008

There’s something about this trail…

Baldy Mountain flower garden

Baldy Mountain trail, T340

(USFS trail T340 through the Baldy Mountain roadless area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains, another wild area under constant attack by exploitation.)


  1. It’s a shame the beauty you have preserved in your photographs is not being preserved in real life by the very people charged with doing so.


    Comment by Tabbie — July 20, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  2. Yes, Tabbie, it’s a real shame!

    Since 2001, the Forest Service has been under the supervision of Mark Rey, appointed as the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, who was a very powerful timber industry lobbyist and has been working for the timber industry since 1976. He has always done his personal best to aid the timber and wood products industry in the exploitation of our National Forests. Knowing that, it’s not surprising to see the direction the Forest Service has taken over the last 8 years.


    Comment by montucky — July 20, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  3. love the purple flowers in both photos


    Comment by silken — July 20, 2008 @ 9:21 pm

  4. They’re large enough to be colorful, aren’t they? I saw them also on Penrose Peak and Bighole Peak, but haven’t identified them yet. They’re right in the middle of their blooming season though.


    Comment by montucky — July 20, 2008 @ 9:40 pm

  5. I’ve been hiking trails in Montana like this my whole life, I would be quite upset if the vanished suddenly


    Comment by brewmanchu — July 21, 2008 @ 12:30 am

  6. Very interesting and saddening comment about the leadership in the NFS. Hopefully, with a new president, this will all change *crosses fingers.*


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 21, 2008 @ 8:09 am

  7. Me too, Brew. The pattern is one of slowly chipping away at the edges of the wild country while hiding the signs of what is happening. Typical Mark Rey strategy.


    Comment by montucky — July 21, 2008 @ 8:15 am

  8. Scienceguy,

    Something needs to change for sure, and it has to be drastic. The whole mentality of the Forest Service, at least in Montana, goes right along the lines of supporting any and all forms of exploitation, even in areas where there’s no pressure to do so!

    I just noticed for the first time last week a sign that opens up a favorite trail to snowmobile use. There is even another sign on the same tree that shows the area is designated for “no motorized travel”. That change is part of the USFS revised plan for that area, but that plan has not been approved yet.


    Comment by montucky — July 21, 2008 @ 8:22 am

  9. Many years ago my husband and I enjoyed snowmobiling as a family, …in low country, edges of farm fields, and old logging roads…. however,… I would be apalled to find that snowmobiles were allowed on the trails in your photos. That kind of fragile ecosystem needs to be protected. I will hope that regulations go as you want them to!


    Comment by Cedar — July 21, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

  10. Yes, there are plenty of miles for responsible and enjoyable snowmobiling, thousands in fact, and most people realize that. Problem is, the ones who don’t create a huge amount of damage, both to the plant life and to the wildlife. I think the Forest Service is dead wrong to open up every area they can think of for motorized use. They just keep chipping away at the wild areas.


    Comment by montucky — July 21, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

  11. you are so right, Frank would love it there


    Comment by penney millett — July 3, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

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