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By Rick and Susie Graetz
Department of Geography, University of Montana 

How Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness was Created


Provided by the Missoula County Sheriff's Office

Map of the Bob Marshall Wilderness

In 1897, President Grover Cleveland established the Lewis and Clark Forest Reserve under the provisions of the Forest Reserve Act. At that time, the reserves were administered by the Department of the Interior. In 1905, the Forest Service was created along with the Department of Agriculture and in 1907 the Forest Reserves became known as National Forests. Until 1910, Glacier National Park was part of the Lewis and Clark National Forest Reserve; then the area was given national park status.

On Aug. 16, 1940, Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace designated the 950,000-acre Bob Marshall...

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