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Bill will protect waterways, public land and wildlife

| February 23, 2022 1:00 AM

Outdoor recreation comprises $7.1 billion of Montana’s economy and generates $286 million in tax revenue. Additionally, the outdoor recreation economy provides 71,000 jobs to Montanans. By expanding the Bob Marshall, these numbers will only continue to grow.

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) seeks to designate an additional 80,000 acres of public land as wilderness. Doing so will result in sustainable timber management and forest restoration, protect the headwaters of the Blackfoot and Clearwater Rivers, and increase opportunities for outdoor recreation and tourism, including some areas for motorized recreation.

Conservationists, hunters, ranchers, outfitters, small business owners, and foresters alike have rallied behind this bill to promote win-win stewardship of Montana’s public lands. Having such a diverse set of stakeholders truly speaks to the strength of this nonpartisan bill.

It is time to pass the BCSA and protect our waterways, public lands, and wildlife. As the bill moves through the U.S. Senate, contacting our Senators and Representatives in Washington to pass this vital, common-sense bill is more important than ever. Go to http://blackfootclearwater.org/ and fill out their form to show the entire Montana delegation your support for the BCSA.

Cassie Williams, Missoula

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