Pictured form left: Jennifer Drinkwalter of Beartooth Recreational Trails Association, Charles Wolf Drimal of Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Senator Jon Tester, Scott Bosse of American Rivers, Jason Fleury of Trout Chasers Lodge & Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana on the banks of the Gallatin River October 27, 2020
Senator Jon Tester announces intent to introduce the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act

Today is a monumental occasion for Montana’s wild rivers. Senator Tester held a press event on the Gallatin River to officially endorse the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act and announce that he plans to introduce the bill in November 2020.

After a decade of grassroots efforts and collaboration, this made-in-Montana bill is one step closer to permanently protecting 336 of our state’s legendary river miles. Segments of the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, Smith, and 13 other steams will be designated as Wild and Scenic Rivers, the highest form of river protection the United States offers.

At today’s event, we heard from Montanans for Healthy Rivers members, leaders in outdoor recreation, and Senator Tester himself. One thing is for sure—Montanans love their rivers. We are grateful Senator Tester has prioritized protecting Montana's healthy and free-flowing rivers. According to the 2020 University of Montana public lands poll, 79% of Montanans want to see the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act passed and the future of our rivers secured.

As the weather meanders into winter, we’re reminded of the ebbs and flows of passing a landmark conservation bill. Our work isn’t done yet, and we’ll need your help to see the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act passed through to law. Thank you for all that you’ve done to ensure a long-lasting legacy for Montana’s rivers. Today is a day to celebrate!

- The Montanans for Healthy Rivers Steering Committee
Take One Minute To Thank Senator Tester!

This is a monumental moment for the future of Montana's rivers! Please click here to write a quick note thanking Senator Tester for announcing his support of the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act.

Your Favorite Rivers - Forever Protected
Yellowstone River
18 miles of the epic Yellowstone River would be designated Wild and Scenic. The longest free-flowing river in the lower-48 states, the Yellowstone is a paddler paradise with views like no other.

Photo: Jim Hepburn
Madison River
Beloved across the state, the Madison River is a quintessential Montana stream known for its natural splendor and fishing spots. Sections of the Upper and Lower Madison are included in the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act, totaling 27 miles.

Photo: Scott Bosse
Gallatin River
The Gallatin River is a recreators dream. There’s something for everyone—fishing, rafting, kayaking, camping, and more. 39 of the Gallatin’s river miles would be permanently protected by the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act.

Did you miss the live stream of the event? No worries! You can watch it on our Facebook page anytime.
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