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SAVE THE DATE skiers and anglers! Saturday, March 10, 2018, MTU is teaming up with POW @protectourwinters for a day of skiing and climate action at Discovery Ski Area @discoveryskiarea. This winter's snowpack is next spring's runoff and a season of cold, clean trout water. So plan to come help us protect these essential resources and make some turns for trout! More details in the New Year. ... See MoreSee Less

19 hours ago  ·  

I just had the opportunity to speak in support of a resolution in front of the Missoula County Commissioners that preemptively opposes the transfer or sale of public lands. In Missoula county, as in most places in Montana, public lands are the home of many miles of headwater streams and wetlands. These provide the clean, cold water and spawning habitat that our wild and native trout depend on. So, thank you to the Commissioners for recognizing the importance of protecting these resources by passing this resolution:

RESOLUTION NUMBER ________

A RESOLUTION OF THE MISSOULA COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF FEDERAL LANDS TO ITS RESIDENTS, ECONOMY, AND QUALITY OF LIFE
WHEREAS, more than half of all land in Missoula County is owned by a federal land management agency; and

WHEREAS, approximately 70 percent of Missoula County is forested, with the majority of those areas under management by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, and are within three different national forests: Lolo National Forest, Flathead National Forest, and the Bitterroot National Forest; and

WHEREAS, these lands connect to large intact ecosystems and contain important resources and diverse ecosystems that provide wildlife habitat, clean air, clean water, scenic open space, timber and non-timber forest products, and significant economic benefit; and

WHEREAS, Missoula County is committed to conserving these vital resources and supports efforts to restore and maintain healthy forests; and

WHEREAS, Missoula County residents and the general public benefit from public lands through access to numerous recreation opportunities that also provide significant economic benefits; and

WHEREAS, Missoula County and its residents actively engage with federal land management agencies and are committed to continued partnership and collaboration; and

WHEREAS, continued public ownership and management of these lands will ensure stewardship for the benefit of all, protected access to these lands, and continued economic benefits; and

WHEREAS, this resolution is not in response to an existing proposal to sell or transfer these public lands but rather is a preemptive statement on the importance of public lands.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of County Commissioners supports federal land ownership and management.

PASSED AND ADOPTED this day of _____________________, 2017.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

ATTEST: MISSOULA COUNTY

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Tyler R. Gernant, Clerk and Recorder Jean Curtiss, Chair

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Nicole Rowley, Commissioner

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Dave Strohmaier, Commissioner
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