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A Citizen’s Proposal for New Wild and Scenic River Designations in Western Montana

We are pleased to release this Draft Citizens’ Proposal for new Wild and Scenic river designations on select rivers and streams in western Montana! This proposal is the culmination of four years of outreach to a broad cross-section of Montanans from across the state. During that time we met with nearly 200 watershed groups, conservation organizations, land trusts, recreation groups, riverside landowners, business owners and other stakeholders. What we heard at those meetings mirrored what we learned in the bipartisan statewide river poll that we commissioned in February 2013 – Montanans love their rivers and want to see more of them protected using flexible tools such as the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The interactive map and table below contain the list of rivers that people like you have said they want to see protected for future generations.

Please take a look and tell us what you think. Did we miss one of your favorite streams? Have we added a stream that you think should not be there? If you like what you see, please consider adding your name to our endorsements page.

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The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act

The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act is the highest form of river protection in the United States. This landmark law is meant to ensure that the construction of new dams is balanced with the protection of select free-flowing rivers that possess nationally significant values. Less than 1 percent of our nation’s river miles are protected as Wild and Scenic. Though neighboring states such as Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah have designated hundreds of miles of new Wild and Scenic rivers in recent years, Montana has not protected a new stretch of river under the Act since 1976.

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Rivers Proposed for Wild and Scenic Designation in Montana

Mouse over a river for its name; click on a river for more information and a photo. For a complete list of rivers in table format, please click HERE.

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