01.09.19

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Gateway of Yellowstone National Park

Permanent mineral withdrawal in the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced legislation to protect one of our nation’s great treasures, Yellowstone National Park. 

“In Montana, we’re blessed to have so many of our nation’s national treasures in our backyard. But along with that privilege comes the responsibility to protect those treasures,” Daines stated. “Some places are just too special to mine, and the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin near Yellowstone is one of them. That’s why I’m committed to protecting this area for future generations to come.”

The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act permanently withdraws approximately 30,000 acres of the Paradise Valley and Gardiner Basin from mineral entry.

Daines is introducing the bill with Senator Tester.

Click HERE to read the full bill.

Background:

Senator Daines has fought hard for the passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, including speaking about it and voting it out of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Senator will continue to fight until he gets this done.

In December, Daines secured commitment from Congressional Leadership to include this bill in a Lands Package that would be taken to the Senate floor for a vote.

In October, Daines sent a letter to Congressional Leadership urging they pass a Lands Package which included the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act.

In September, Daines secured commitment from the U.S. Forest Service to move forward on the mineral withdrawal in the Paradise Valley and Gardner Basins.

On March 29, 2018, Daines supported the Forest Service draft Environmental Assessment to recommend the mineral withdrawal in the Paradise Valley and Gardner Basins.

On July 26, 2017, Daines spoke about Paradise Valley during the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining hearing.

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