Together, the Great Bear Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness, and Scapegoat Wilderness form the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, or “the Bob” as it is affectionately referred to, all of which lies in Montana. An area of more than 1.5 million acres, it is the third largest wilderness complex in the lower 48 states.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is managed by four national forests (Flathead, Helena, Lewis and Clark, and Lolo) and five ranger districts (Spotted Bear, Hungry Horse, Lincoln, Rocky Mountain, and Seeley Lake).
Bob Marshall was an incredible man whose short life left an enduring legacy. Born to a wealthy New York family in 1901, at a young age Bob was set on leaving his metropolitan life behind for "genuine excitement" and adventures in the wild. He entered into a career in forestry and eventually earned his doctorate. He was a fiercely passionate conservationist and rugged outdoorsman who reveled in the romanticism and simplicity of primitive life. Never a true scientist, he merely loved being in the wilderness – he would take off on treks, sometimes for days, sometimes a year or more, in Alaska (where he was the first white man to scale and survey the Brooks Range), Idaho’s Selway Bitterroot, throughout what is now the Bob, Minnesota, Mississippi, and the deserts of New Mexico. He was known for his 40+ mile hikes, which he took regularly and logged competitively.
As his brother once wrote, "he enjoyed people just as much as the wilderness and needed both. He had a splendid sense of humor, great gusto and infectious enthusiasm." Bob Marshall was outspoken in bureaucratic circles and in his position papers on setting aside wilderness areas. He was concerned that our nation's crown jewels might soon be lost forever, and that without the help of organized individuals, "there will be countless souls born to live in strangulation, countless human beings who will be crushed under the artificial edifice raised by man." In the pursuit of his ideals, Bob Marshall bequeathed over a million dollars of his inheritance to the Wilderness Society and funds to promote the public interest in wilderness preservation. We couldn’t agree more with his sentiment, "…increase the knowledge of the citizens of the United States as to the importance and necessity in maintaining wilderness conditions in outdoor America for future generations."
It was in his honor and as a testament to his spirit, two years after his death at the young age of 39, that the Bob Marshall Wilderness was designated.
Source: "Montana’s Bob Marshall Country" by Rick and Suzie Graetz
Murphy History trip Aug 1-10 2018 with old pictures and stories. 100th year anniversary of Joe Murphy as an outfitter at his cabin site. Leisure with the Legends. Also we are offering a 5 day China Wall Trip. Cost is $325 per person per day, so book early (30% deposit to book) July 24-July 28
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