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Does the Brood Abide? The Restoration of Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Montana

Does the Brood Abide? The Restoration of Native Westslope Cutthroat Trout in Montana

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)

Celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Snake River Wild and Scenic Designation

Celebrating the ten year anniversary of the Snake River Wild and Scenic Designation

How quickly a decade can flow by! This August will mark ten years since we celebrated the passage of the Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act. This act of congress – which GYC is proud to have played a role in passing- added the headwaters of the Snake River and 12 of its most pristine tributaries in northwestern Wyoming to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

GYC pushing for more Wild & Scenic rivers in Montana

GYC pushing for more Wild & Scenic rivers in Montana

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.)

Sen. Tester, Sen. Daines reintroduce Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act

 Sen. Tester, Sen. Daines reintroduce Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act

Today, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), with Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) as co-sponsor, reintroduced the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act into the 116th Congress. When passed, the law will prohibit large-scale mining on 30,370 acres of our public lands at Yellowstone’s northern gateway forever.

(Photo Bill Campbell.)

Looking ahead to 2019 in Greater Yellowstone

Looking ahead to 2019 in Greater Yellowstone

While we had a very successful 2018, we’re looking even more forward to the endeavors of 2019. We’ll be wrapping up a few campaigns, diving deeper into some big projects, and keeping an eye out for new issues in the ecosystem that needs our attention. We asked our staff what they’re most excited for in the New Year and this is what they had to say.

(Photo Louise Johns.)

VICTORY! Interior Department extends temporary timeout on Yellowstone mining for 20 years

VICTORY! Interior Department extends temporary timeout on Yellowstone mining for 20 years

Victory! Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke extended the temporary timeout on mining at Yellowstone’s northern gateway today for another 20 years, giving us a critical safety net to work with Montana’s Congressional delegation to pass a bill that will keep mines away from Yellowstone, forever.

Yellowstone bill clears House, Senate committees

Yellowstone bill clears House, Senate committees

A bill that will keep gold mining away from some 30,000 acres of our public lands at Yellowstone’s northern gateway has cleared two committee hurdles in both the House and the Senate in the past 10 days. This is great news! The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act is now one step closer to becoming law after these hearings.