Dear Senator Tester, Senator Daines, and Representative Gianforte,
Over a decade ago, a group of neighbors in and around Seeley Lake and Ovando began working on a long-term solution for managing public lands in their backyard. Called the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project (BCSP), the group includes ranchers, outfitters, conservationists, hunters, timber mill operators, snowmobilers, hikers, local business owners, and mountain bikers.
Representing Montana in all its diversity, those in the BCSP hold a variety of perspectives and interests but share a love of public lands and community in this iconic part of the state, where the Blackfoot River runs through towering country that supports vibrant populations of fish and wildlife, provides for a healthy timber industry, offers a host of outdoor recreation opportunities, and sustains hundreds of businesses that rely on those opportunities.
The product of the BCSP’s hard work among Montanans is the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. Introduced by Senator Tester in 2017, the bill enjoys the diverse, bipartisan support of 73 percent of Montanans, according to the 2018 University of Montana Public Lands Survey.
The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is a collaborative, balanced, and bipartisan proposal that:
Given all of these benefits and the hard-fought effort to make this proposal a win for all Montanans, we urge Senator Tester to reintroduce the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act in 2019. We also urge Senator Daines and Representative Gianforte to support the bill. Moreover, we also ask our entire delegation to put differences aside and work together — as the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project has done — and pass the bill as soon as possible.
Thanks, we do too. Here’s what you can do to make certain our Montana delegation hear our voices.
Write to your local paper to express your support for the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project
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.