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The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) is ready for serious consideration by Congress. The Forest Service first recommended most of the BCSA’s proposed wilderness additions to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountain Wilderness areas in the 1970s.

After years of meetings between diverse user groups, including snowmobilers, ranchers, the timber industry, and conservationists, the BCSA is ready to add wilderness near the Swan Valley, Seeley Lake and Ovando in order to benefit these communities and conserve Montana’s recreation economy and pristine ecosystems.

What is holding up the process? Sen. Steve Daines has not yet co-sponsored the BCSA. BCSA is the only active wilderness legislation in Montana, and we Montanans are ready to push it forward. Sen. Jon Tester has supported this bill, and I support it as well.

I grew up in the Swan Valley and find the integrity and value of this bill to be immense. Not only does this bill respectfully and thoughtfully conserve one of our most ecologically intact landscapes, it also conserves and promotes the economies and communities that rely on them. Call Sen. Daines today and ask him to support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.

Lily Clarke

Missoula

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