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Montanans for Healthy Rivers newsletter

January 2017 Vol.4 No.1
Upper Madison River at  -12°F.  Photo © Michael Fiebig
Free-Flowing & Clean
Throughout much of December, Montanans for Healthy Rivers went to a full court press strategy to help pass the East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act before the close of 2016. This included in-person meetings with Montana’s full U.S. Congressional delegation, phone calls to over 50 legislators in Washington, D.C., email letters from across the country to legislators in support of the bill, and targeted phone calls and emails to Representative Rob Bishop’s (UT) - asking him to stand aside from prohibiting the bill to pass in the House.  Montanans for Healthy Rivers worked with both Senator Tester and Senator Daines to find accompanying legislation to attach the East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers bill to.

Ultimately, the East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, along with scores of other conservation bills, did not pass Congress last year. This was not a result of lack of local support, but rather inertia within the 114th Congress.

Moving forward, Montanans for Healthy Rivers will continue to push for an East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers designation, along with protections of many other cherished rivers across western Montana’s public lands. We appreciate your continued support along the way!
Success for the Badger-Two Medicine
On January 10, 2017 the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the Bureau of Land Management canceled the final two oil and gas leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area within the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Northwest Montana. The two lease cancellations address outstanding concerns about the potential for oil and gas development in this culturally and ecologically important area. This announcement came on the heels of a decision in 2016 to cancel 16 other leases in the Badger-Two Medicine – a move support by the lease holder.
The Badger-Two Medicine is a 130,000 acre area, bounded by Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. This portion of the Rocky Mountain Front is considered sacred by the Blackfeet Tribe, and is part of a Traditional Cultural District.

Congratulations to the Blackfeet Tribe and all other stakeholders in the area who have worked for decades to remove oil and gas development from these sacred lands. This action on behalf of the Department of Interior is a big win for clean water, wild rivers and culturally-rich, public lands in Montana.
Public Lands & Waters Rally
What we love most about Montana is at grave risk. Join Montanans for Healthy Rivers in Helena to let our elected officials know that we won’t tolerate any attempts to exploit or seize our public lands. 

In Washington, D.C. special interests with deep pockets and high-level connections are plotting to seize American public lands and exploit them for private gain. In Helena, out-of-touch legislators are again trying to pass laws that reflect the dangerous mission of a Utah-based group that wants to sell off our public lands.

The Public Lands Rally is your chance to let our elected officials know that our outdoor way of life defines who we are as Montanans, and we will always fight back against any attempts to seize the public lands that enable us to lead that life.

Join us in sending the message to our state and federal elected officials: public lands belong in public hands!

Speakers at the rally will include Governor Steve Bullock, mountaineering legend Conrad Anker, fly fishing guide and TV host Hilary Hutcheson, and K.C. Walsh, CEO of Simms fishing company.

Public Lands & Waters Rally 
Monday January 30, 2017 at Noon
State Capitol Rotunda - Helena, MT

To sign a petition in support of public lands, visit

To RSVP, carpool, or find transportation information, visit

Sponsored by Montana Wilderness AssociationMontana Wildlife FederationBackcountry Hunters & AnglersMontana Trout Unlimited,Outdoor Alliance - MontanaMontana AudubonForward Montana FoundationWinter Wildlands AllianceAmerican RiversMontana Conservation Voters Education Fund, and Business for Montana Outdoors.

"May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” 
 — Rainer Maria Rilke
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