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Our Work

Our Work

Through education, advocacy and on-the-ground stewardship, the Great Burn Study Group works to protect permanently the wild and remote character and ecological integrity of the northern Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana and northern Idaho.

Forty years ago, GBSG adopted the Great Burn roadless area and committed to securing permanent protection for the area’s extraordinary wilderness values.  Since the beginning, GBSG has devoted itself to spending time in the field gaining intimate knowledge of the land, the ecology, and the activities and impacts of people.  In addition, it has raised funds, hired staff, and recruited volunteers to monitor conditions and uses, to support law enforcement, to advocate for the development of more protective policies, and to restore sites that have been damaged.
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GBSG engages in three broad categories of action that contribute to the GBSG mission:

  • Work with government agencies and elected officials to develop laws, regulations, policies, and plans that protect the missIon area over the long term.
  • Provide active on-the-ground presence, partnering with the Forest Service to protect, manage, and restore the mission area’s wild and remote character.
  • Work with a variety of fellow stakeholders to build long-term grassroots solutions to a range of inter-related social, economic, and ecological issues.

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The Great Burn Study Group invests heavily in the synergy of diverse interests working together for shared goals.  GBSG has played a significant role in the following collaborative efforts.

  • Clearwater Basin Collaborative:  Dale Harris co-chairs, Larry Jakub is a member.
  • Montana Forest Restoration Committee:  Dale Harris former co-chair, 2006-2010.
  • Lolo Restoration Committee:  Beverly Dupree, former working group chair, 2008-2009.
  • Roadless Area Conservation National Advisory Committee (USDA): Dale Harris  co-chaired 2006-2008
  • Idaho Roadless Rule Implementation Commission:  Dale Harris vice chair
  • Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC):  Dale Harris, Larry Jakub members
  • Missoula County RAC: Dale Harris, Beverly Dupree, Pat Sweeney members
  • Clearwater Basin Elk Collaborative: Larry Jakub member 2002-2004

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