This largest of the national forests in Montana covers 3.35 million acres, and lies in eight Southwest Montana counties (Granite, Powell, Jefferson, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Madison, Gallatin and Beaverhead). More...
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This year is the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed on Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson. The act established the country's National Wilderness Preservation System. So, on Sept. 3, 2014 lovers of wildlands will celebrate the landmark event that made history.
Today, America boasts 758 wilderness areas covering almost 110 million acres. The Forest Servcie alone manages 440 wilderness areas. They make up a third of the entire National Forest System.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest contains portions of both the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. The Anaconda Wilderness was designated by Congress as part of the 1964 Act; the Forest Service had previously designated it as Wilderness in 1962. The Lee Metcalf Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1983.