03.30.17

Daines, Tester Fight to Protect Montana’s East Rosebud Creek

Senators Move East Rosebud Legislation Closer to Law

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester's bipartisan bill to designate portions of the East Rosebud Creek as “wild and scenic” passed out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is now heading to the Senate floor. 

The Montana made legislation will preserve the free-flowing condition of the East Rosebud Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

"Protecting the East Rosebud Creek is important to the local community and ensures future generations can enjoy it," Daines stated. "I'm looking forward to making this Montana’s first wild and scenic designation in over 30 years"  

“When Montanans work together, we get things done and this is a great example of on-the-ground collaboration,” Tester said.  “Montanans know we need to protect the East Rosebud for our kids and grandkids—and we are one step closer to making that a reality.”

The bill designates two sections, totaling 20 miles, of the creek that run entirely though Forest Service land. East Rosebud Creek originates in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and flows out to the prairie where it joins the Yellowstone River just west of Columbus. No private land will be impacted by this legislation. 

In 1968, Congress passed the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to preserve rivers with cultural and recreational value in their free-flowing condition for present and future generations.

Less than one-half of one percent of Montana's approximately 170,000 miles of river is designated as “wild and scenic.”

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