The Bob Marshall Wilderness: A wilderness like no other

  • Updated: November 20, 2013 - 10:16 AM
hide

Guide Josh Carlbom of Sun Canyon Lodge glasses for elk on a distant mountainside while hunter Peter Stanford of Milwaukee looks on. The two were in the 1-milliion-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness at an elevation of about 6,500 feet. Temperatures hovered in the single digits at night, rising to the 20s in daytime.

The Bob Marshall Wilderness consists of 1,009,356 acres and is contained entirely within Montana. It is part of a wilderness complex that includes the Great Bear Wilderness, the Scapegoat Wilderness and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Together they total about 1.5 million acres, the third-largest federally protected wilderness area in the nation.

The Bob Marshall Wilderness, which is said to have the largest grizzly bear population outside of Alaska, was named for the preservation pioneer, writer and Wilderness Society co-founder Bob Marshall (1901-1939), the son of the constitutional lawyer and conservationist Louis Marshall.

At a young age, the younger Marshall became fascinated with the outdoors and wilderness travel. He regularly hiked and climbed in the Adirondack Mountains, and also traveled to Alaska.

Marshall earned a doctorate in plant physiology and became independently wealthy after the death of his father. He served as chief of forestry for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and head of recreation management for the Forest Service, and considered wilderness preservation important not only to the environment, but to society.

Marshall largely funded the Wilderness Society in its early years.

Between 1931 and 1934, the Bob Marshall Wilderness was set aside as the South Fork, Pentagon and Sun River Primitive Areas, before being designated a federal wilderness in 1964.

Among its noted geologic features is the “Chinese Wall,’’ a huge escarpment that is part of the Continental Divide. The wall rises straight up more than 1,000 feet for about 22 miles.

Bob Marshall died of heart failure at age 38.

DENNIS ANDERSON

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

Click here to send us your hunting or fishing photos – and to see what others are showing off from around the region.

ADVERTISEMENT

Texas - WP: N. Martinez 5 FINAL
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 4
Seattle 3 Bottom 8th Inning
Philadelphia 4
Toronto 2 Bottom 5th Inning
Milwaukee 3
NY Mets 0 Top 2nd Inning
Oakland 0
Atlanta - A. Wood 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - G. Cole
Houston - S. Feldman 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - M. Pineda
Arizona - T. Cahill 6:05 PM
Washington - T. Roark
LA Angels - G. Richards 6:10 PM
Boston - C. Buchholz
Detroit - R. Porcello 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Odorizzi
Cincinnati - J. Cueto 6:15 PM
St. Louis - L. Lynn
San Francisco - J. Peavy 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - E. Jackson
Baltimore - W. Chen 7:10 PM
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi
Cleveland - T. House 7:10 PM
Minnesota - R. Nolasco
Kansas City - D. Duffy 7:40 PM
Colorado - J. De La Rosa
San Diego - E. Stults 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - R. Hernandez
Pittsburgh 8/21/14 6:30 PM
Philadelphia
Carolina 8/22/14 6:30 PM
New England
NY Giants 8/22/14 6:30 PM
NY Jets
Jacksonville 8/22/14 6:30 PM
Detroit
Oakland 8/22/14 7:00 PM
Green Bay
Chicago 8/22/14 9:00 PM
Seattle
Tampa Bay 8/23/14 3:30 PM
Buffalo
Tennessee 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Atlanta
Dallas 8/23/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Washington 8/23/14 6:30 PM
Baltimore
New Orleans 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Indianapolis
Minnesota 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Kansas City
St. Louis 8/23/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Houston 8/23/14 8:00 PM
Denver
San Diego 8/24/14 3:00 PM
San Francisco
Cincinnati 8/24/14 7:00 PM
Arizona
Los Angeles 8:00 PM
Colorado
San Jose 9:00 PM
Seattle
Montreal 8/22/14 7:30 PM
Winnipeg
Toronto 8/23/14 3:00 PM
Edmonton
Calgary 8/24/14 2:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 8/24/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Should the lake where the albino muskie was caught remain a mystery?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close