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A couple of commercial guide and outfitter permits that have been dormant for several years are being re-activated on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

A screen capture from https://www.swanson4liberty.com/ on 08-17-18.
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Earlier this week we heard from the major party candidates in the race for Montana’s U.S. House seat on the topic of Wilderness Study Areas. Both Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams and Republican incumbent Greg Gianforte held roundtable discussions about them on Wednesday.

Today, we’re getting the perspective of Libertarian candidate Elinor Swanson, a Billings attorney.

Kathleen Williams, Democratic candidate for U.S. House at her roundtable discussion in Missoula, MT about Wilderness Study Areas, August 15, 2018.
Eric Whitney

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Montana’s U.S. House seat both held roundtable discussions about Wilderness Study Areas Wednesday.

Kathleen Williams, the Democratic challenger, hosted hers at the University of Montana, and her campaign's Facebook page shared a link to a Facebook Live stream. 

National Forest Wilderness Sign
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Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte and his Democratic opponent Kathleen Williams are both hosting what they’re calling “roundtable discussions” about wilderness study areas Wednesday.

"We’re doing it because there really hasn’t been a public dialog," Williams says. "Because my opponent hasn’t done it, we’re going to do it."

The Helena - Lewis and Clark National Forest released its new draft forest plan last week. It's a significant milestone. Montanans can now weigh-in on the master plan that will guide the forest's land use decisions for the next 15 years.

The Helena - Lewis and Clark is currently governed by a pair of 32-year-old forest plans.

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