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Montanans know how to work together to get things done. The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) exemplifies this; it’s a collaborative land management plan for the Blackfoot and Clearwater valleys founded on values of restoration, recreation and conservation. The Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) stands in support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.

With prominent and prioritized programs of Forestry, Environmental Studies, Wildlife Biology, students at the University of Montana (UM) benefit from in-field studies and experiences in our surrounding wildlands. The Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys serve as places for students to see how unique our lands are, how they serve communities and various species, and how proper management balances varying needs. Students come here for our accessible public lands and numerous recreational opportunities. This includes nearby Wilderness areas that provide unique opportunities of solitude and serenity.

For these reasons, ASUM voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting the BCSA and urging Sen. Steve Daines and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to support and vote in favor of this act. The BCSA deserves support on its own merits; please join student voices by urging our Congressional delegation to ask for support of this Montana-made act.

Braden Fitzgerald

Missoula

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