As Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is Finally Heard in U.S. Senate, Cooney Calls on Gianforte to Support Critical Public Lands Measure

Cooney: “Rep. Gianforte should listen to the nearly 3-in-4 Montanans who support the bill and join us in trying to get it done.”

Helena, Mont. — As the popular Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act finally gets a hearing in the U.S. Senate today, Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney pressed Rep. Greg Gianforte to listen to the 73 percent of Montanans who support the collaborative land management proposal and back the bill in Congress.

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is a common-sense proposal with support from land owners, sportsmen and women, loggers and conservationists that will create jobs, preserve access to thousands of acres of public lands, and boost the economy in western Montana,” Cooney said. “Rep. Gianforte should listen to the nearly 3-in-4 Montanans who support this important bill and join us in trying to get it done.

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act is a collaborative proposal that would protect access to thousands of acres of public lands, enhance timber production, and strengthen the outdoor recreation economy in the Blackfoot River Watershed. According to the 2018 University of Montana Public Lands Survey 73 percent of Montanans support the bill.

Today’s hearing is a big win for the folks who live and depend on the Blackfoot River Watershed,” said Cooney for Montana Communications Director Ronja Abel. “If Greg Gianforte could show some courage and stand up to his anti-public land backers, there would be a hearing scheduled in the House, too. Just another sign that Montanans can’t depend on No Show Greg to do what’s right.
 

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