October 12, 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the day Montana’s North, Middle and South Forks of the Flathead River, and 150 miles of the Missouri River, were protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. These four river segments are Montana’s only Wild and Scenic Rivers, and today they are still cherished as much as they were in 1976. That’s why individuals from the Montanans for Healthy Rivers coalition were joined by local journalists and photographers to celebrate the important milestone with a multi-day float trip on the Wild and Scenic Upper Missouri.
The following articles captured the journey taken September 27-30, 2016, as well as the original journey that was taken 40 years ago to see these iconic rivers protected. Please take a few moments to read about the history of river protection in Montana and why continuing protection for more of our rivers is as important today as it ever was before.
“Wild and Scenic: Missouri River’s 40 years of protection” – Sarah Dettmer, October 5, 2016
“Hidden kingdom: Missouri River monument holds world-class scenery” – Rob Chaney, October 5, 2016
“Waters wash away divides as Montanans unite to protect rivers” – Rob Chaney, October 8, 2016
“Former Sen. Max Baucus recalls work on Wild and Scenic Rivers Act” – Rob Chaney, October 8, 2016