In 1963 interested people formed the Lincoln Back Country Protective Association to preserve and conserve the backcountry near Lincoln, Montana, as a roadless wilderness area. Dr. George F. Weisel of the Western Montana Fish and Game Association, Dr. John Craighead of the Montana Wilderness Association and Cecil Garland, a Lincoln Outfitter, worked together with Senator Mike Mansfield and Senator Lee Metcalf to change the U.S. Forest Service plan. That plan was to open the entire 240,000 acres for multiple-use. This coalition was formed to preserve a large northern portion for wilderness and a small southern portion for multiple-use. Having successfully designated 239,936 acres as a roadless wilderness area, the organization dissolved in 1972. The Scapegoat Wilderness is located 75 miles northeast of Missoula, 10 miles north of Lincoln, and immediately south of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The collection contains correspondence, Lincoln Back Country-Scapegoat Wilderness legislation, statements and testimony from Senate hearings, newspaper clippings, and LBCPA publications.
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to the University of Montana.
[Name of document], Lincoln Back Country Protective Association Records, Archives and Special Collections, The University of Montana--Missoula.
This series consists of the Policy statements of the LBCPA which state that the purpose of the association "is to inform others of the imminent destruction of this wilderness which should be preserved, and why its preservation for future generations, is in the best public interest."
LBCPA Policy Statements
This series includes a wide variety of correspondence, primarily between Dr. George Weisel and various government agencies. Specifically, Weisel corresponded frequently with Senator Mike Mansfield, Senator Lee Metcalf, Cecil Garland and Clifton Merritt of The Wilderness Society.
This series consists of United States Senate Bills S.412, S.1121, and S. 1147. Also included are statements and testimony from two Senate hearings on the Scapegoat Wilderness.
S.412 1969-07-03 & S.1121
Lincoln Back Country Cong. Hearing
Scapegoat Wilderness Cong. Hearing
This series consists of various publications relevant to the LBCPA including several publications from the association itself.
This series consists of newspaper clippings from several papers, including the Great Falls Tribune, The Missoulian, and the Wildlife Federal News.
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