Chris Prange has worked on both the GBCA trails crew and the noxious weed crew. In this 'Voices of the Burn', Chris tells us why wilderness is important to him and his favorite memory from working in the Great Burn.
In our second installment of Voices of the Burn, we turn to GBCA's long time Backcountry Ranger. Rory walks hundreds of miles every summer patrolling the Great Burn backcountry. Learn what a backcountry ranger does and why he thinks wilderness is important.
We're starting a new series! Through Voices of the Burn, we hope to show why the Great Burn is worthy and deserving permanent protection, how we are working towards that goal, and some of the wonderful people that make this area so special.
First up is Liz Bradley. Liz works as a wildlife biologist for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and is responsible for managing the wildlife in the Montana portion of the Great Burn.
In the summer of 1971, our director emeritus Dale Harris bought a school bus with ten friends and embarked on a three-week backpacking trip in the Great Burn. During that summer, Dale fell in love with the region’s open ridgelines, cedar creek bottoms and abundant alpine lakes.
He and the GBCA have been working to protect the Great Burn ever since.
This past weekend, we were honored to celebrate Dale's induction into the Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame. We are so proud of the work he has done, and continues to do, to keep the Great Burn wild.
To celebrate, we're sharing some photos from that fateful summer of '71 and from the GBCA's earliest days: