A few weeks ago, during a speech launching the National Park Service Centennial, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell called for “a major course correction” in how the nation should perceive and value its public lands.
On May 3, she’ll join Senator Jon Tester at the Devils Elbow Campground on Hauser Lake near Helena to talk more about her vision for the next century of American conservation and how that vision might play out in Montana.
If there’s any state that values the common man’s need to recreate in streams and on public land, it’s Montana. The majority of Montanans consistently rate public wildlands and a clean environment as the reason they live in the state. So representatives from the Montana Wilderness Association, the outdoor industry and Montana sportsmen’s groups will attest to Montanans’ need for access to public land, clean water and abundant wildlife.
The event starts at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public. So if you value the parts of Montana that are open to all and want them to remain that way, take a moment to swing by and let our public servants know.
Mark April 23 on your calendars for the Yellowstone River Clean Up. For more information, call Jeff Ladewig at 224-7837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an editorial, a group of Smith River outfitters express their concerns about the proposed Black Butte copper mine, what it could do to their business on the Smith River, and the likely inability of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to prevent a disaster if they approve the mining permit.
Longtime Smith River outfitters Mike Geary owns Lewis and Clark Expeditions; John Herzer and Terri Raugland own Blackfoot River Outfitters; Brandon Bodecker owns PRO Outfitters; and Joe Sowerby owns Montana Flyfishing Connection.