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WildWest Institute
P.O. Box 7998
Missoula, MT 59807
P: 406.396.0321

Roadless Rockies Program

America's last, best wild places lie deep in the heart of the Northern Rockies. These wild, roadless jewels - alive with wildlife, pristine forests and clean water - remind us what a paradise this whole country once was.

Millions of acres of public land are at least somewhat protected under the Wilderness Act and in national parks, but millions more - some of America's finest wild, undeveloped places - are unprotected and vulnerable to industrial development. The Northern Rockies Bioregion holds more unprotected roadless areas than any other region of the country, outside Alaska, with over 15 million acres of unprotected roadless wildlands in Montana and Idaho alone.

The objective of our Roadless Rockies Program is to protect all roadless wildlands in the Northern Rockies from development. We will continue playing an essential role within the broader roadless wildland and Wilderness protection movement by providing regional and national education and outreach in support of local, grassroots efforts to permanently defend all roadless wildlands in the Northern Rockies.

For more information, contact the WildWest Institute 406.542.7343 or info@wildwestinstitute.org.

Roadless and Wilderness Resources

  • Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act
    NREPA (HR 980) would protect some of America's most beautiful and ecologically important public lands and water bodies in the northern Rockies while also creating restoration jobs in rural communities.
  • Wild at Heart: Saving our Backcountry
    The Center for Biological Diversity, WildWest Institute and more than 50 other local and national conservation organizations released a report in March 2008 detailing the Bush administration's plan to open the door to development in Idaho's roadless backcountry forests – wildlands currently protected under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
  • Protect America’s Roadless Wildlands
    Learn what steps you can take to make sure that America's roadless wildlands.

  • Montana’s Roadless Wildlands
    The WildWest Institute is part of the Montana Roadless Working Group. Learn about what we are doing to protect Montana's pristine backcountry for wildlife, solitude and future generations.

  • The Roadless Area Database
    This website was developed to share information about roadless areas on US Forest Service lands. You can search for roadless areas by national forest or just by looking around on the map. One great feature is the ability to look at roadless areas via satellite images or as a topographic map.

  • Roadless Areas of Idaho and Montana (Pdf)
    This report details some specific roadless areas in the Northern Rockies.

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