Problem-Solvers

Problem-Solvers

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David Tucker

The Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn Wilderness Study Area has been a point of contention since it was established in 1977, but the Gallatin Community Collaboration (GCC) hopes to solve that. A diverse set of user groups—including motorized-vehicle advocates, wilderness champions, and mountain-bike enthusiasts—is working toward a recommendation that is “community-based and generated,” according to Bob Allen, a member of the GCC’s communications sub-committee. Congress alone has the power to change the area’s designation, so local input is essential for ensuring that a long-term solution reflects area interests. "Our insights as citizens living and working in gateway communities surrounding these majestic landscapes," says Estela Villaseñor of the GCC Governance Committee, "contribute to Montana's vital economy, and our dedication helps preserve precious natural resources." “We encourage folks to attend a meeting and support the process,” says Allen. “If we don’t solve this as a community, no one else is going to. We’re obliged to come up with a solution.” If all goes well, the GCC will have a recommendation for the Forest Service by the end of 2015. From there, the Forest Service will present a formal recommendation to state legislators. 

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