In 1963 interested people formed the Lincoln Back Country Protective Association to preserve and conserve the backcountry near Lincoln, Montana, as a roadless wilderness area. Dr. George F. Weisel of the Western Montana Fish and Game Association, Dr. John Craighead of the Montana Wilderness Association and Cecil Garland, a Lincoln Outfitter, worked together with Senator Mike Mansfield and Senator Lee Metcalf to change the U.S. Forest Service plan. That plan was to open the entire 240,000 acres for multiple-use. This coalition was formed to preserve a large northern portion for wilderness and a small southern portion for multiple-use. Having successfully designated 239,936 acres as a roadless wilderness area, the organization dissolved in 1972. The Scapegoat Wilderness is located 75 miles northeast of Missoula, 10 miles north of Lincoln, and immediately south of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The collection contains correspondence, Lincoln Back Country-Scapegoat Wilderness legislation, statements and testimony from Senate hearings, newspaper clippings, and LBCPA publications.
Restrictions on Access :
Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and the University of Montana--Missoula.Restrictions on Use :
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to the University of Montana.Preferred Citation :
[Name of document], Lincoln Back Country Protective Association Records, Archives and Special Collections, The University of Montana--Missoula.
The collection is divided into five series:
Series I: Policy Statements, 1964, 1 folder
Series II: Correspondence, 1963-1971, 4 folders
Series III: Legislation and Congressional Hearings, 1963-1972 4 folders
Series IV: Publications, 1963-1972, 3 folders
Series V: Newspaper Clippings, undated, 1 Folder
Custodial History :
These materials were generated and/or collected by Dr. George Weisel and held in his possession until donation to the K. Ross Toole Archives.Acquisition Information :
Gift of Dr. George Weisel, 1972.Processing Note :
The actions of the original processors are unknown. In 1998 the collection was rearranged slightly and a new finding aid was created.Related Materials :
Related materials can be found in the Cecil Garland Papers (Mss 637) in Archives and Special Collections at The University of Montana-- Missoula
Detailed Description of the Collection
This series consists of the Policy statements of the LBCPA which state that the purpose of the association "is to inform others of the imminent destruction of this wilderness which should be preserved, and why its preservation for future generations, is in the best public interest."
This series includes a wide variety of correspondence, primarily between Dr. George Weisel and various government agencies. Specifically, Weisel corresponded frequently with Senator Mike Mansfield, Senator Lee Metcalf, Cecil Garland and Clifton Merritt of The Wilderness Society.
This series consists of United States Senate Bills S.412, S.1121, and S. 1147. Also included are statements and testimony from two Senate hearings on the Scapegoat Wilderness.
Senate bills are arranged by bill number and statements and testimony are arranged chronologically.
This series consists of various publications relevant to the LBCPA including several publications from the association itself.
This series consists of newspaper clippings from several papers, including the Great Falls Tribune, The Missoulian, and the Wildlife Federal News.