You can help protect East Rosebud today!

Time is running out to protect one of Greater Yellowstone’s most rugged and picturesque streams. A bill currently sits before both chambers of Congress in Washington D.C. to protect Montana’s East Rosebud Creek as a Wild & Scenic River. This designation will forever prevent future dams or industrial projects from impacting the creek’s free-flowing status and remarkable values.

Montana's East Rosebud Creek. You can help protect this critical Greater Yellowstone river today! (Photo Donna Watson Lawson.)

Montana's East Rosebud Creek. You can help protect this critical Greater Yellowstone river today! (Photo Donna Watson Lawson.)

With only weeks remaining in the current Congress, you can help protect East Rosebud Creek forever. Please call your Senators and Representatives today, and ask them to pass the East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act by the end of the year. And please call Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) today (D.C. line: 202-225-0453). He's the gatekeeper to this bill's passage in the House. Tell him that Montana's full delegation supports the bill, as well as thousands of Montanans, and that this bill needs to be passed now.

Talking points:

·        Your name and where you’re from.

·        I’m calling to ask you to support the passage of the East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (Bill #’s S.1577/H.R.2787) by the close of 2016.

·        East Rosebud Creek is one of Montana’s most scenic rivers and provides important habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as incredible recreation opportunities that contribute to Montana’s $5.8 billion recreation economy.

·        The East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act has nearly 100 percent support from local landowners, and has the full support of Montana’s bi-partisan Congressional delegation.

·        Thank them for their support.

East Rosebud Creek originates high in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains, flowing from the slopes of Montana’s highest peaks, down through a once-glaciated valley, and out onto the prairie where it joins the Yellowstone River. The East Rosebud Wild & Scenic Rivers Act is written to protect 20 miles of the creek, exclusively on public lands.

Numerous dam proposals have threatened this watershed and as a result, local organizers have garnered the support of ranchers, local businesses, homeowner associations, anglers, paddlers, conservationists, and a county commissioner to protect East Rosebud Creek. Thank you for speaking out today and helping us protect Greater Yellowstone's waters.

-- Charles Wolf Drimal, Waters Program Associate