My mother, a fourth-generation Montanan, regularly preached “leave it better than you found it.” Now that I’m a father who hunts and fishes on public lands and waters with my family, the reason behind this message resonates: I want to ensure that the opportunities I had are also afforded to my son, Walter.
The cold, clean water flowing out of the Scapegoat, Bob Marshall and Mission Mountain Wildernesses into the Blackfoot River provides life to a diverse ecosystem. It’s also where many of us recreate and find year-round solace.
It’s no secret how special this landscape is, but it remains a mystery why Sen. Daines has continued to hold hostage the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, legislation that would protect the area forever. Eighty-three percent of Montanans support this bill, and Sen. Daines himself admitted that he has no problem with it, but he’s still playing DC politics by demanding a king’s ransom in return for his support.
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