Projects & Initiatives
National Forest Planning
The Center is focused on the revision of national forest plans throughout the country. Director Martin Nie serves on the U.S. Forest Service’s national advisory committee focused on implementation of the 2012 planning rule. The Center is also collaborating with other organizations to help citizens participate more effectively in the revision of forest plans. This is an important endeavor considering the dozens of national forests that have begun, or will soon begin, the complicated planning process—plans that ultimately shape the future management and direction of national forests.
Fish and Wildlife Management on Federal Lands and Wilderness
The authority, jurisdiction, and responsibility for managing fish and wildlife on federal lands and in federally designated wilderness is often a source of controversy and divergent stewardship practices. There have been multiple conflicts in recent years between state fish and game departments and federal land agencies responsible for managing public lands and wilderness areas, such as predator control efforts on public lands in Idaho and Alaska. The Bolle Center was asked to investigate this issue and a research team has been convened to provide an authoritative review of the relevant policy-legal issues and to offer a more constructive decision-making framework for the future.
The Badger Two Medicine
As part of a collaborative effort, the Center is committing its expertise and research abilities to help protect the sacred land, cultural resources, and reserved treaty rights of the Blackfeet Nation in the Badger Two-Medicine area, located adjacent to Glacier National Park in Montana. The Center was asked in 2007 to provide a report investigating how the ecologically and tribally-significant Badger Two-Medicine area could possibly be protected and managed in the future. Much has happened since 2007, including renewed threats by proposed oil and gas development. The Center continues its commitment to the Badger Two-Medicine, providing quality information and analysis to decision makers regarding how the area could be protected and managed in the future.
In early Sept., 2015, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation held a public meeting in Choteau to take comments on the oil and gas lease. On September 21st, the Council recommended to the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior that the lease be cancelled to ensure that future mineral development does not occur. Read the recommendation from the ACHP (pdf)
Great Falls Tribune: Council Rejects Badger-Two Medicine Gas Exploration
Montana Public Radio: Making Sense of the Decades Long Badger-Two Medicine Drilling Dispute
Montana Public Radio: Blackfeet Tribe: Badger-Two Medicine Too Sacred To Drill
Helena Independent Record: Dozens testify against Badger-Two Medicine oil and gas lease
Great Falls Tribune: Meeting attendees urge cancellation of Badger gas lease