Ovando in Powell County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Country
Montana first protected part of this country in 1913 when the Sun River Game Preserve was created on the east side of the continental divide. Years of market hunting to supply miners and settlers with meat decimated the elk herds.
Bob Marshall (1901-1939), pioneer forester and conservationist of the 1930's, was years ahead of his time in recognizing and campaigning for the inherent value of wilderness. His vision helped awaken the U.S. Forest Service to the need to conserve a portion of the vanishing wildlands from which our American heritage had been formed. Before his premature death, he had secured protection for nearly 5.5 million acres, including most of the area that was later to bear his name. Montanans convinced Congress to add Scapegoat in 1972 and the Great Bear in 1978.
Though wilderness must be balanced with other uses of National Forests, it protects resources for us all, like watersheds, fisheries, and wildlife. Someone once asked Bob Marshall how wilderness America
Erected by Montana State Highway Commission.
Location. 46° 59.702′ N, 113° 1.453′ W. Marker is in Ovando, Montana, in Powell County. Marker is on State Highway 200 0.1 miles east of Roller Coaster Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ovando MT 59854, United States of America.
Also see . . .
1. Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex - Montana Office of Tourism. (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,579 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2009, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.