Greater Yellowstone Coalition recently had a volunteer day near Ennis, Montana where we made some significant progress in creating a wildlife-friendly fence.
Habitat degradation and fragmentation, as well as competition and hybridization with non-native trout have greatly imperiled Westslope cutthroat trout. Greater Yellowstone Coalition is committed to restoring native trout populations where possible, and ensuring both wild and native trout have clean, healthy waters and habitats.
(Photo Jonny Armstrong/USGS)
We visited our rancher friend, John Helle, at his annual wool harvesting event Shear and Shred. It was a great opportunity to see firsthand how ranchers need public land access to thrive. That’s why we’re a part of the Ruby Valley Strategic Alliance, a coalition of ranchers and nonprofits dedicated to long-term conservation on the Ruby Valley landscape.
June 6 is a date looming large for those who prize the Gallatin Range. It’s the last day the public can submit comments on how the U.S. Forest Service should manage the Custer Gallatin National Forest, including the Gallatins, for the next 20 to 30 years.
No surprise then that emotions among those with a vested interest in the Gallatins have been running high over the last several weeks. Nothing less than the fate of our beloved backyard mountains – and their wildlife, waters, and recreational opportunities – is at stake.
The 66th Montana legislative session is over. We worked with many others in the conservation community to stop a variety of harmful wildlife bills and ensure a few positive bills made it to the finish line. My colleague Shana Drimal and I frequently traveled to Helena and worked with a full-time lobbyist to protect the wildlife of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Thanks for calling your legislators and making your voice heard for the wildlife of Greater Yellowstone.
Yesterday, a Montana district court ruled in our favor and denied a permit that would have allowed Canadian mining company Lucky Minerals to explore for gold in Emigrant Gulch just north of Yellowstone National Park. Along with the passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act that permanently protects public lands, this stunning victory further drives a stake through the heart of the proposed gold mining threatening the Yellowstone River and Paradise Valley.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is committed to visiting with the ranchers of the Ruby Valley to hear their stories, focusing on their livestock and carnivore encounters. While we know that grizzlies are expanding and ranchers are in their path, we don’t know what’s happening on the ground. Montana Conservation Coordinator Darcie Warden and I are leading the charge to lend an ear and learn about what ranchers and their employees need to live and thrive on the landscape with grizzly bears.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, along with Montanans for Healthy Rivers, is advocating for our Montana delegation to introduce the Montana Headwaters Security Act. This act will create a legacy of Wild & Scenic Rivers in Montana by proposing over 40 new Wild & Scenic rivers and streams with 18 in Greater Yellowstone. If you live in Montana, tell Senior Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) at 202-224-2644 and Representative Greg Gianforte (R-MT) at (202) 225-3211 and tell them you support the Montana Headwaters Security Act!
(Photo Donna Watson Lawson.)
Today, the president signed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act into the law of the land. Included in this sweeping, ground-breaking legislation was the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. Now and forever, 30,370 acres of public land on the northern doorstep of Yellowstone National Park will be protected from destructive and toxic gold mining.