Prominent fly-fishing magazines this winter have been covering our fight to keep job-killing gold mines away from the Yellowstone River. We couldn't be more pleased that these publications are highlighting this issue -- it's critical that every angler who fishes the Yellowstone knows what's at stake.
The winter issue of The Drake featured “Yellowstoned,” an anglers perspective on how local business owners are banding together to protect the Yellowstone River from ill-planned mining proposals nearby. You almost feel like you’ve spent a day on the river after reading details of what makes this river so special to fish. And you can understand why this last wild river in the lower 48 is simply not worth risking.
Anglers in the valley are some of the most outspoken supporters of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, a bi-partisan bill in the House and Senate that will protect our public lands north of Yellowstone from mining, forever. Hundreds of additional locals support the bill as well. So why can’t we get it across the finish line? The article describes a tricky political balance at play with the remaining holdout in Montana's delegation -- Sen. Steve Daines:
Fly Fisherman magazine also covered the threats to the Yellowstone in "Liquid Gold," a feature in its February-March issue, as did Hatch magazine's website, in "Pebble isn't the only mine you need to know about." A big thank you to all three of these publications for shining a light on this issue for their readers!
GYC stands with the anglers of Paradise Valley -- those who live in Greater Yellowstone, as well as those who travel from all over the country to try their hand at our renowned trout fisheries. This is no place for a gold mine. Call Sen. Daines today at (202) 224-2651 and let him know you'd like his support to move the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act through Congress. It's a win for all Montanans, and it's a win for anglers both in Montana and around the country. Make the call to Sen. Daines. I'll see you on the river this summer.
-- Liz Purdy, Yellowstone Gateway Campaign Organizer