Montana’s Congressional delegation today introduced a bill to give Wild and Scenic River status to East Rosebud Creek, which drains the Absaroka-Beartooth range northwest of Red Lodge, Montana.
The bill designates two sections, totaling 20 miles, of the creek that run entirely though Forest Service land. No private land will be impacted by this legislation.
A press release from Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines says that less than one-half of one percent of Montana’s approximately 170,000 miles of river is designated as wild and scenic, and the last time a Montana river was protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was in 1976.
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was passed by Congress in 1968 to preserve rivers with cultural and recreational value, in their free-flowing condition.
The bill won praise from both the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Friends of the East Rosebud. That group says the creek attracts visitors from all over the world and yields significant economic value to surrounding communities.