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Letters: Blackfoot-Clearwater act good for hunters, Montana’s economy

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) represents conservation in Montana at its core. Since 2005, communities around the Seeley-Swan Valley have participated with conservation organizations and recreational groups to bring together timber , recreation, and conservation interests to pursue economic growth while protecting key wildlife habitat along tributaries of the Blackfoot River.

Every year, thousands of hunters flock to the blackfoot to experience some of the highest quality hunting opportunities in Montana. The rugged, remote countryside in this valley gives hunters the opportunity to pursue world-class big game such as elk and mule deer with the hopes of leaving with enough meat to fill their freezers.

A recently released economic report on the BCSA shows just how important this legislation will be for hunters and anglers. Millions of dollars are funneled into the outdoor recreation economy of Montana every year, but without our vast backcountry this would not be the case.

We need the protections proposed by the BCSA and we need them soon. As a [sportsman/sportswoman] who hunts in the Blackfoot, I urge Senator Daines to help push this legislation across the finish line and ensure the future economic viability of rural communities in western Montana.