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
  • Powell County Commission
  • Missoula County Commission
  • Lewis and Clark County Commission
  • Seeley Lake Community Council
  • Rep. Mike Hopkins (HD 92)
  • Sen. Sue Malek (SD 46)
  • Former Rep. David ‘Doc’ Moore (HD 92)
  • Former Montana Secretary of State and MT Senate President, Bob Brown
  • Sanders County Commission

Business and Labor

  • Seeley Lake Chamber of Commerce
  • Missoula Chamber of Commerce
  • Missoula Economic Partnership
  • Pyramid Mountain Lumber
  • Business for Montana’s Outdoors
  • Clearwater Montana Properties
  • Lindey’s Prime Steak House
  • Tamaracks Resort
  • Great Bear Properties
  • Lake Country Builders
  • Bad Goat Forest Products
  • Watershed Consulting LLC
  • Sustainability, Inc.
  • Rolling Stone Ranch
  • Ecosystem Management Research Institute
  • Double Arrow Lodge
  • Sports Exchange
  • Levity 406
  • Clyde Coffee
  • The Green Source
  • Butterfly Herbs
  • Kulture Missoula
  • Shakepeare and Co.
  • Betty’s Divine
  • Meadowsweet Herbs LLC
  • Upcycled
  • Bernice’s Bakery
  • The Green Light
  • Rovero’s Ace Hardware
  • Paws Up
  • Top Hat Lounge
  • Grizzly Hackle Fly Shop
  • Seacat Creative (Mark Seacat)
  • Lewis and Clark Trail Adventures
  • Missoula Central Labor Council
  • Cory’s Valley Market
  • Montana Angler Fly Fishing
  • Six Pony Hitch
  • BearPaw River Expeditions
  • Blackfoot Angler
  • The Missoulian Angler Fly Shop
  • Yurt Ski Montana
  • Zoo Town Surfers
  • Emily Rindal Insurance Agency
  • Wisetail LMS
  • Citizens Alliance Bank
  • Deer Country Quilts
  • Seeley Swan Vacations
  • Seeley Swan Pharmacy
  • Stray Bullet
  • iFlyFishMontana
  • Rocky Mountain Outfitter
  • Headwaters Montana
  • Lary’s Fly Shop
  • Great Divide Cyclery
  • Action Realty
  • Red Mountain Yoga and Massage
  • The Bridge Pizza
  • KettleHouse Brewing Co
  • Majestic Montana Properties, Inc.
  • Thirsty Street Brewing Co.
  • FireTree Wildland Fire Sciences, LLC
  • Blackfoot River Brewing Company
  • onXmaps
  • Oboz Footwear
  • Clover Social Media
  • dig this chick
  • The Last Chance Pub’s Cider Mill
  • Montana Associated Technology Roundtable
  • Ten Mile Creek Brewing
  • The Trail Head
  • Sustainable Lumber Company

Collaborative Groups

  • Beaverhead-Deerlodge Working Group
  • Clearwater Resource Council
  • Great Burn Conservation Alliance
  • 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

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


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

Outfitters and Guides

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


  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Mission Mountain Audubon Society
  • Winter Wildlands Alliance
  • American Rivers
  • The Conservation Alliance


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

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.

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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.