What a world! An environmentalist's nightmare, or a testament to man's ingenuity. That is what I felt as I toured the Thompson Creek Mine in Idaho, an open pit molybdenum mine just to the south of the Frank Church Wilderness. If you have ever been to Idaho and seen the remarkable mountain ranges of the Boulders, the White Clouds and the Sawtooths, or flown over these wildest of lands, you will understand the definition of wildness...
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As privately owned native prairies are converting to agriculture, natural landscapes and wildlife habitat are diminishing, which placines more pressure on public lands to support viable wildlife populations and the recreation economies that depend on them. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership is proposing a conservation strategy for managing the largest, most intact and wildlife-rich areas of public lands in the BLM's Lewistown Field Office, Montana.