Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project

Urge our delegation to support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

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For more than a decade, Montanans have worked together to create a lasting solution for public lands in the Blackfoot River watershed. That solution is the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.

This bill will protect the Blackfoot River by permanently protecting its most important tributaries. It will also secure and expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys, as well as enhance timber production and forest restoration in and around Seeley Lake.

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Loren Rose

Loren Rose

Pyramid Mountain Lumber

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project is something we all agree on. It’s time to get it done.


Mack Long

Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters

It’s our obligation to future generations to provide them with the opportunity to experience these valuable landscapes.


Connie Long

Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters

The BCSP is a grassroots, made-in-Montana, collaborative project.


Smoke Elser

Retired Outfitter

We have a grassroots proposal that will actually protect the resource.


Gordy Sanders

Pyramid Mountain Lumber

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project will continue to grow in support. These place-based initiatives are valuable to bring together wilderness designation, conservation areas and recreation.

Tribes and Government

  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation
  • Former MT Secretary of State and MT Senate President, Bob Brown
  • Lewis and Clark County Commission
  • Missoula County Commission
  • Powell County Commission
  • Rep. Mike Hopkins (HD 92)
  • Sanders County Commission
  • Seeley Lake Community Council
  • Sen. Sue Malek (SD 46)

Business and Labor

  • Action Realty
  • Bad Goat Forest Products
  • BearPaw River Expeditions
  • Birds and Beasleys
  • Blackfoot Angler
  • Business for Montana’s Outdoors
  • Clearwater Montana Properties
  • Cory’s Valley Market
  • Crazy Creek Products, Inc.
  • dig this chick
  • Double Arrow Lodge
  • E Bar L Ranch
  • Ecosystem Management Research Institute
  • FireTree Wildland Fire Sciences, LLC
  • Great Divide Cyclery
  • Great Bear Properties
  • Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop
  • Hub Coffee
  • iFlyFishMontana
  • Iron Fly Angling, LLC
  • KettleHouse Brewing Co
  • Lake Country Builders
  • Lary’s Fly Shop
  • Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures
  • Lindey’s Prime Steak House
  • Lolo Peak Brewing
  • Majestic Montana Properties, Inc.
  • Missoula Central Labor Council
  • Missoula Chamber of Commerce
  • Missoula Economic Partnership
  • Montana Angler Fly Fishing
  • Oboz Footwear
  • onX
  • Paws Up
  • Pyramid Mountain Lumber
  • Red Mountain Yoga and Massage
  • Rocky Mountain Outfitter
  • Rolling Stone Ranch
  • Rovero’s Ace Hardware
  • Seacat Creative (Mark Seacat)
  • Seeley Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Six Pony Hitch
  • Sustainability, Inc.
  • Tamaracks Resort
  • The Bridge Pizza
  • The Hi-Line Climbing Center
  • The Missoulian Angler Fly Shop
  • The Notorious P.I.G. BBQ
  • The Trail Head
  • Taco Del Sol-Helena
  • Ten Mile Creek Brewing
  • Thirsty Street Brewing Co.
  • Top Hat Lounge
  • Watershed Consulting LLC
  • Wisetail LMS
  • Yurt Ski Montana
  • Zoo Town Surfers

Collaborative Groups

  • Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group
  • Clearwater Resource Council
  • High Divide Collaborative
  • Kootenai Forest Stakeholder Commission
  • Lolo Restoration Committee
  • Mineral County Resource Coalition
  • Montana Forest Owners Association
  • Ravalli County Collaborative
  • Sanders County Collaborative Committee
  • Seeley-Swan Fuels Mitigation Task Force
  • Southwestern Crown Collaborative
  • Whitefish Range Partnership

Sportsmen And Women

  • Anaconda Sportsmen’s Club
  • Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
  • Big Blackfoot Chapter of Montana Trout Unlimited
  • Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper
  • George Grant Chapter of Montana Trout Unlimited
  • Helena Hunters and Anglers
  • Hellgate Hunters and Anglers
  • Hilary Hutcheson
  • Magic City Fly Fishers Chapter of Montana Trout Unlimited
  • Montana Bowhunters Association
  • Montana Trout Unlimited
  • Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Montana Wildlife Federation
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
  • Waterkeeper Alliance
  • WestSlope Chapter of Montana Trout Unlimited


  • International Mountain Bicycling Assoc.
  • Missoula Back Country Horsemen
  • Montana Back Country Horsemen
  • Montana Mountain Bike Alliance
  • MTB Missoula
  • Ovando Snowmobile Club
  • Seeley Lake Outside
  • Seeley Lake ROCKS
  • Seeley Lake Driftriders Snowmobile Club
  • The ‘Club’ (Ovando OHV Community Organization)
  • The Montana Outdoors Foundation
  • Yellowstone River Parks Association

Outfitters and Guides

  • Blackfoot River Outfitters
  • Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters
  • Brant Oswald Fly Fishing Services
  • Clear Creek Outfitters
  • Dropstone Outfitting
  • Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana
  • Fishs Eddy O Outfitter and Guide Services
  • Fly Fisher Adventures
  • Glacier Guide and Raft
  • Go West Outfitters
  • Latitudes Outfitting Company
  • Missoula Fly Fishing Outfitters
  • Missoula On the Fly
  • Montana Fly Fishing Connection
  • Montana Outfitters and Guides Association
  • Montana Trout Outfitters
  • Pro Outfitters
  • Professional Wilderness Outfitters Assoc.
  • Rich Ranch Outfitting
  • Smoke Elser
  • Thunder Hammer Fly Fishing
  • Wolf Creek Angler LLC
  • Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures


  • American Rivers
  • The Conservation Alliance
  • Great Burn Conservation Alliance
  • Mission Mountain Audubon Society
  • Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund
  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • Mountain Mamas
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Winter Wildlands Alliance
  • Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation


  • Artemis Common Ground
  • Assoc. Students of the Univ. of Montana
  • Montana Association of Christians
  • Seeley Lake Community Foundation
  • Seeley Lake Elementary School
  • Seeley Lake Rural Fire District

There are three components to the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project: timber, recreation and conservation. The forest restoration section is already underway, through the good work the Southwest Crown Collaborative has initiated and continues in the Seeley and Ovando areas. The recreation and conservation portions are yet to be realized; now is the time to finish what we started a decade ago.

Timber and Restoration

The BCSP has championed a sustainable timber economy rooted in restoration of fish and wildlife habitat. The BCSP helped to establish the Southwestern Crown of the Continent Collaborative (SWCC) in 2010. To date, the SWCC has created or maintained an average of 138 jobs and has brought $19 million in federal investments and led to overall investment of $33 million in local economy, resulting in 46,222 acres treated for noxious weeds, 130 miles of stream restoration, and 2,000 miles of multiple use trails maintained. The BCSP continues to push for new tools to increase the pace and scale of forest restoration through collaboration.


Our fastest growing economic sector in Montana is tourism and outdoor recreation. The Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys have long been a favorite destination for Montanans and Americans. The BCSP will help ensure this corner of Montana remains a world-class place to live and visit. The proposed Otatsy Recreation Management Area would open 2,000 acres to high-quality snowmobiling near Ovando. Additionally, the Spread Mountain Recreation Management Area will preserve prized mountain bike access to Spread Mountain, Center Ridge and Camp Pass. The BCSP safeguards our favorite places to hunt and fish, and asks the Forest Service to study new recreation opportunities for users.


The North Fork of the Blackfoot. Monture Creek. The wild Swan Front. Grizzly Basin. The West Fork of the Clearwater. These names are synonymous with wilderness in Montana, but they lack a wild guarantee. The BCSP would permanently protect these iconic landscapes by adding 80,000 acres to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountains Wilderness areas, ensuring high-quality wildlife habitat, clean water, and recreational opportunities for the future.

Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. Now is the time.

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Join Us

Only an act of Congress can complete what we started over a decade ago. Sign on to show your support of the BCSP, and of our wild Montana backyard.

Want to do more?

Thanks, we do too. Here’s what you can do to make certain our Montana delegation hear our voices.

Write A Letter To The Editor

Write to your local paper to express your support for the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project

Contact Montana’s Congressional Delegation

Sen. Steve Daines
(202) 224-2651
Sen. Jon Tester
(202) 224-2644
Rep. Greg Gianforte
(202) 225-3211

Contact Us

Interested in getting more involved in the BCSP or have a question we haven’t answered? Shoot us a message and we’ll respond right away. Thank you for standing up for Montana’s backyard: the Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys.