Wednesday, December 11, 2013

For us, by us

Posted on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Montanans treasure the wild and quiet places in our state. While hunting, paddling, skiing or hiking in wild Montana it’s hard not to not be filled with gratitude for living in such a remarkable place. However, having abundant wild places in Montana for future generations requires vision and thoughtful planning. Terry Tempest Williams said it well, “The Eyes of the Future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.”

Montanans have come together to see beyond our own time by having developed two bills. The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act were both built by Montanans for Montana. Ranchers, outfitters, students, business people, conservationists and timber advocates found common ground and crafted agreements that are the heart of both bills. Agreements reached by citizens talking about what matters most. Agreements that will help ensure long-term social and economic prosperity for Montana.

On November 21 the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act out of committee unanimously. That was an important step, but we need to keep our Montana bills moving. You can help ensure our Montana lifestyle continues for decades by encouraging our congressman and senators. Call Rep. Daines (202-225-3211), Sen. Tester (202-224-2644) and Sen. Baucus (202-224-2651). Thank them for progress made on the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. Encourage them to get both bills passed, and continue seeing beyond our own time.

A. Lee Boman
Seeley Lake

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