To preserve one of Montana's most hidden treasures, Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill to designate the East Rosebud Creek as wild and scenic in 2015. The bill, written with local input through years of collaboration, will protect 20 miles of East Rosebud Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This designation will preserve the free-flowing condition of the pristine creek located south of Roscoe, Montana. Representative Ryan Zinke also introduced similar legislation in the House.
A coalition of citizens, sportsmen, business owners and conservation groups worked hard to conserve the last, best free-flowing rivers in Montana. They have developed incentive-based conservation tools for rivers flowing through private lands and new Wild and Scenic River designations for rivers flowing through public lands to keep the rivers clean and healthy for future generations to enjoy.
Free-flowing rivers in Montana provide clean water used for drinking and irrigation, sustain the state's richest fish and wildlife habitats, and support a recreation industry that creates 64,000 Montana jobs and generates $5.8 billion in consumer spending.
The East Rosebud Creek begins in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and flows to the Yellowstone River. It is surrounded by designated wilderness, and the Forest Service found this area eligible for Wild & Scenic River Protection for its outstanding geologic, recreational, and scenic values. East Rosebud Creek's beauty draws tourists from all over the world, provides income to local businesses, supports stable real estate values and generates substantial tax income. This area is threatened by development and small-scale hydropower projects.
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