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Folks are rightly passionate about protecting the incredible Madison and Gallatin ranges, and of course there are disagreements about how best to do it.

I just wish we’d tackle these disagreements using facts, not misinformation.

Here’s a recent example: “I don’t know the details of some of the conservation initiatives identified as being unfairly attacked… (but) the so-called Gallatin Forest Partnership has proposed a plan that would significantly reduce designated Wilderness and open other Wilderness Study Areas to a wide array of mechanized recreational uses and new trail construction.”

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Alex Blackmer is interim communications director at Wild Montana.

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