Montanans for Healthy Rivers Newsletter
June 2021
Photo by Jessy Stevenson, South Fork of the Flathead River
Tell us your river stories!

It's National Rivers Month and river season is underway at last. We at Montanans for Healthy Rivers are back on the water, reacquainting ourselves with the places we love most and weaving new stories along the way.

When you think of your favorite rivers and imagine the ones you're most excited to visit this season, what memories come to mind? For some, it might be the singing of a fishing reel as a trout takes off from its hiding hole. For others, maybe an early-season float past rafts of cottonwood buds gathering in the eddies. These moments, whether simple or profound, color the stories we bring back from the river, and those stories are some of the most powerful, relatable tools we have to show others how important healthy rivers are to Montana.

So, in honor of National Rivers Month, we're reaching out to hear your Montana River stories!
Click the button below to share your river story and a photo, and we'll feature them on our social media pages throughout the month! 

A Tale of Three Rivers

What happens after a river is designated Wild and Scenic? Well, as with all public lands and waters, it needs to be managed. Specifically, a Wild and Scenic River should be managed to protect and enhance the outstandingly remarkable values (ORVs) for which it was designated in the first place.

In northwest Montana, a new non-profit organization is stepping up to help local communities become more engaged in the management and stewardship of the iconic three forks of the Flathead River. Founded in 2020, the Flathead Rivers Alliance is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the North, Middle, and South Forks of the Flathead through education, stewardship, and community. 

Currently, the Flathead Rivers Alliance is working with the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park to launch a River Ambassador Program which will provide training and resources to volunteers interested in engaging with the public at river access sites, sharing information on river safety and etiquette, and collecting data for citizen science projects. To learn more about Flathead Rivers Alliance, visit

Dave Zinn, Executive Director of Wave Train Kayak Team in Bozeman, shares his support for the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act in this Letter to the Editor

Get involved!

Whether it's sharing a river story, writing a Letter to the Editor, or supporting groups like FRA, involvement from folks like you is critical for protecting the rivers we all love!

“A river, though, has so many things to say that it is hard to know what it says to each of us.”
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
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