|1:24,000 Scale USGS quadrangle maps of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness and Scapegoat Wilderness in Montana, sent to you on CD-ROM $18.95.|
Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness, Scapegoat Wilderness
If you are looking for a map of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness and Scapegoat Wilderness, we can send to you, on CD-ROM, a mosaic map, compiled from individual 1:24,000 Scale USGS quadrangle maps. A free viewing program can be downloaded and a hyperlink is included which allows download, then you can perform dynamic panning, zooming, measuring and printing on-demand.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness is often referred to as the "crown jewel" of America's wilderness areas. This amazing Wilderness Complex is an administrated unit of the Flathead National Forest, the Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lolo National Forest and the Helena National Forest. The United States Congress designated the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area as part of the original Wilderness Act of 1964 and it now encompasses over 1.5 million acres. Within this complex are three wildernesses: Bob Marshall, Scapegoat, and Great Bear.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness was named after early forester, wilderness preservation pioneer, and Wilderness Society cofounder Bob Marshall. Dr. Marshall was a forester, author, explorer and leader in the protection of wild lands throughout America. Before Marshall's untimely death, he spent days, weeks and months hiking the unmapped country known as the South Fork of the Flathead River. By the late 1930s, he had laid out initial plans for the designation of the Wilderness area, which included three separate primitive areas: South Fork, Sun River and Pentagon. Marshall was outspoken about the need for protecting wild lands. Today, he is also looked upon as the moving force behind the creation of the Wilderness Society, which still leads the fight for continued protection of our Wilderness areas. The Wilderness Society, whos sole purpose was to "battle uncompromisingly" for wilderness protection all over the country. From the East to West coast of America, Bob let his presence be known in his fight to save many of our now cherished wilderness areas.
During his 38 year life, Marshall engaged in exploring the Brooks Range in Alaska. Prior to that excursion, he spent three years in the Northern Rockies of Montana conducting tree growth research for the United States Forest Service. It was at that time that Bob Marshall realized his love for hiking. Bob Marshal was also interested in the preservation of the Wilderness. Working for the USFS, acquiring two forestry degrees and a Ph. D in plant physiology, Bob was obviously educated in the sciences. Today, a huge chunk of undeveloped, roadless areas still surround the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Bob Marshall, Scapegoat & Great Bear Wilderness Areas
Outside of Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas provide the best populated grizzly bear habitat in the lower 48 states. Note, however, the brownish areas to the east and southwest, indications that this wilderness is surrounded on all sides by major roads, including US Highway 2 to the north, US Highway 89 and 287 to the east, and Montana Highways 200 and 83 to the south and west.
The Wilderness, which includes the North and South Forks of the Sun River and the Middle and South Forks of the Flathead River, runs for 60 miles along the Continental Divide, with elevations ranging from 4,000 feet to more than 9,000 feet. A huge escarpment called the Chinese Wall, a part of the Divide, highlights the Bob's vast beauty, with an average height of more than 1,000 feet and a length of 22 miles. The Chinese Wall extends into Scapegoat Wilderness to the south.
This expansive wild area - 950,000 acres of high mountain lakes, crystal clear rivers, remote valleys and high, alpine meadows - were set aside for protection - destined to remain forever wild. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is the last holdout habitat south of Canada for the grizzly bear and provides critical habitat to the endangered gray wolves as well. Elk, whitetail and mule deer, Canadian lynx, bobcats, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, black bears, wolverines and cougars also make their home in the Bob, along with smaller mammals such as beaver, river otters, snowshoe hares and marten.
There are dozens of birds who call this area home, especially in the summer. Bald eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, grouse, woodpeckers - they are all abundant here. In camp areas, you'll find Steller's jays, Clark's nutcrackers, camp robbers, chickadees, nuthatches and more.
Get out there and get your boots muddy! If you can, quit your job, buy some awesome hiking equipment and explore this amazing area.
If you are looking for a map of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness and Scapegoat Wilderness, we can send to you, on CD-ROM, a mosaic map, compiled from Individual 1:24,000 Scale USGS quadrangle maps. Perform dynamic panning, zooming, measuring and printing on-demand.
The cost is $18.95.
Support volunteer projects in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex for trail maintenance, campsite restoration, noxious weed eradication, historic cabin restoration, and wilderness education