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

Cleveland 86 FINAL
Indiana 93
Washington 81 4th Qtr 0:17
Philadelphia 88
Golden State 98 4th Qtr 8:50
Toronto 64
New York 77 4th Qtr 8:59
Detroit 76
Orlando 75 4th Qtr 5:21
Atlanta 83
Charlotte 93 4th Qtr 2:29
Boston 96
LA Clippers 51 3rd Qtr 7:32
Memphis 45
Brooklyn 65 3rd Qtr 6:00
Houston 65
Miami 66 3rd Qtr 6:05
New Orleans 65
Minnesota 56 3rd Qtr 5:56
Chicago 60
Utah 26 1st Qtr 1:25
Denver 14
San Antonio 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Portland
Boston 3 FINAL(OT)
New Jersey 2
Calgary 1 FINAL
NY Islanders 2
Washington 0 3rd Prd 2:59
Carolina 2
Chicago 0 3rd Prd 14:38
Tampa Bay 2
Colorado 0 2nd Prd 15:45
Dallas 1
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Siena 63 FINAL
Quinnipiac 73
Harvard 49 FINAL
Cornell 57
Penn 69 FINAL
Brown 75
Fairfield 65 FINAL
Canisius 72
Manhattan 75 FINAL
Iona 79
Saint Peters 67 FINAL
Marist 69
Princeton 60 FINAL
Yale 81
Ohio 42 2nd Half 7:04
Akron 53
Dartmouth 51 2nd Half 12:03
Columbia 48
Valparaiso 9:00 PM
Cleveland State
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 77 FINAL
Xavier 60
Cornell 54 FINAL
Harvard 60
Yale 49 FINAL
(14) Princeton 67
Elon 51 FINAL
Drexel 54
Northeastern 47 FINAL
James Madison 82
St Johns 60 FINAL
Butler 49
Creighton 71 FINAL
Georgetown 62
Brown 58 FINAL
Penn 75
Columbia 50 FINAL
Dartmouth 60
Canisius 54 FINAL
Siena 58
St Josephs Brooklyn 35 FINAL
NJIT 78
Western Carolina 86 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 80
Colorado 47 2nd Half 7:53
Arizona 41
Southern Ill 52 2nd Half 13:12
Bradley 50
Drake 34 2nd Half 12:07
Wichita State 55
Indiana State 58 2nd Half 3:57
Evansville 45
Illinois State 36 2nd Half 9:12
Loyola-Chicago 52
Northern Iowa 58 2nd Half 6:34
Missouri State 50
Utah 24 2nd Half
(10) Arizona State 18
Providence 26 2nd Half 20:00
Villanova 33
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