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There are a number of things that you can do to help keep Montana’s rivers clean and free-flowing for people to use. Please take a look below and consider lending a hand.


Ask the Fish & Wildlife Service for a Better Bull Trout Plan

On September 3, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a revised draft recovery plan for the U.S. population of Bull Trout, which is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act within the lower 48 United States. As Montanans we are lucky to have resident populations of Bull Trout in our cold, clean waters and want to see a sustained and healthy population well into the future.

Unfortunately, the recently released draft recovery plan raises some questions about the agency’s strategy to protect Bull Trout and achieve sustainable population numbers. The primary problems with the revised recovery strategy include:

• a de-emphasis on achieving target population numbers of adult Bull Trout, and implementing a management focus on population threats instead; and
• setting an arbitrary allowable population loss of 25%

The USFWS is encouraging the public to review the draft recovery plan and send all comments to fw1bulltroutrecoveryplan@fws.gov by December 3, 2014.

In your comments, please encourage the service to come up with a strong plan for Bull Trout recovery, stick to the science and set real population targets. Let’s also ask the service not to arbitrarily write off 25% of our existing bull trout population across the board, with no rationale or regional specificity.

Click HERE to read the full plan.

Frequently asked questions and answers about recovery planning can be found HERE.

Email your comments to fw1bulltroutrecoveryplan@fws.gov.

Thank Congressman Daines for Introducing Legislation to Protect the North Fork Flathead

Please join us in thanking Congressman Steve Daines for pledging to introduce a version of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. While we recognize that mining and energy development are important parts of Montana’s economy, we were thrilled to hear that Congressman Daines agrees that the Wild and Scenic North Fork Flathead River is not the right place for those activities. This bill will complement the one introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

Please take a moment to thank Congressman Daines for helping to protect the North Fork Flathead for future generations by sending him a message using one of the methods below.

The Honorable Steve Daines
U.S. House of Representatives
206 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515

Phone: (202) 225-3211
Fax: (202) 225-5687

Email: https://daines.house.gov/email-me

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