It doesn’t take much to get me excited about rivers. Running rapids and chasing trout has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. And it’s a part that I can’t imagine losing. That’s why I’m thrilled by the opportunity to protect some of Montana’s most iconic rivers through the proposed Montana Headwaters Security Act.
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)
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.
If you’re reading this blog, you likely have a love for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In honor of Earth Day and Week, here are a few tips for all of us to help preserve the lands, waters, and wildlife of Greater Yellowstone for future generations. Thank you for all that you do for the wild heart of North America!
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and American Rivers is excited to present its fourth annual Wild Rivers Film Tour. The tour showcases provocative and soulful films that weave adventure, conservation, angling, and paddling into one night of entertainment.
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, 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.)
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.)
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.