40 years ago on March 27th, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed PL-95-249 "An Act to designate the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Custer and Gallatin National Forests, in the state of Montana."
Today, the protected status of this place is vital to our regional identity, our economy and to the plentiful wildlife, intact ecosystems, clean water and clean air we all cherish.
But it almost didn't happen.
This 30-minute documentary tells the story of that near miss, and explores the meaning of this place – and of Wilderness itself – to our human psyche.
Written, produced and directed by Kris Prinzing for MusEco Media and Education Project.
© 2018 MusEco and Kristen Prinzing
Edited by Kris Prinzing and Kayla Janowski
Assistant Producer: Kayla Janowski
Production assistance and still photography: Scott Prinzing
Music by Montana Tunesmith and Steve Eckels
Videography by Scott Prinzing, Kayla Janowski and Ivy Bryan
Narration by Robert E. Rickels