Conserving Our Rivers and Way of Life

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PROTECT what YOU LOVE

Right now, you can help secure the future of Montana’s extraordinary wild rivers. Whether you love to float down the Madison with your family, guide new anglers on the Gallatin, or relax by a campfire after a long day of rafting on the Smith, you understand these rivers deserve protection. That’s why we’re advocating for the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act, a groundbreaking, made-in-Montana bill that will forever preserve 336 miles of wild rivers through Wild and Scenic River designation. If you believe that healthy streams are vital for the Montanan way of life, then we need your help.

Montana’s free-flowing rivers and clean water are critical to our state’s prosperity, our unmatched way of life, and to our flourishing fish and wildlife. They provide us with drinking water, irrigation water, and world-class recreational opportunities. Montana’s traditional agricultural economy and our rapidly growing $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy thrive on the abundance of healthy rivers and clean water. Now is the time to conserve the most important headwaters streams on Montana’s public lands by designating them as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Legislation

Building off of the momentum of the East Rosebud Creek Wild and Scenic designation in 2018, we continued to work closely with our elected delegates in Washington D.C. to draft legislation that would protect more rivers under the same designation. The Montana Headwaters Legacy Act is our made-in-Montana insurance plan, the first of hopefully several steps, to keep our rivers healthy in the face of a changing climate and rapid population growth. Click here for more information about the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and what it means when a river is designed as "Wild and Scenic."  
The interactive maps below break out these different phases of legislation and areas they encompass. Mouse over a river for its name and click on a river for more information and a photo.
The Montana Headwaters Legacy Act will protect 336 river miles within the pristine Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by designating segments of 17 streams as parts of the National Wild and Scenic River System. This legislation is a grassroots, made-in-Montana bill that will boost Montana’s outdoor recreation industry and safeguard Montana’s outdoor heritage by protecting some of the most pristine and iconic rivers in the world.
The Crown of the Continent legislative proposal would protect another 20 streams and approximately 200 miles of river in and around the Crown of the Continent as part of the Wild and Scenic River System. The proposal includes iconic tributaries of the Flathead and Clark Fork river systems, and is supported by a broad cross section of Western Montanans.

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Your Help Is Needed to Protect Montana’s Best Rivers
Join us in conserving Montana’s next Wild & Scenic Rivers. Submit your endorsement in the form below, or better yet call or email Montana’s U.S. Senators Tester and Daines and Representative Gianforte and ask them to introduce and pass the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act!
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Contact your congressional delegation

Office of Senator
Jon Tester
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2604
Phone: (202) 224-2644
Email Senator Tester

Office of Senator
Steve Daines
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2651
Email Senator Daines

Office of Congressman
Greg Gianforte
1222 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3211
Email Rep. Gianforte

Some pointers for your phone call:

  1. Introduce yourself - your name, where you are from.
  2. State why rivers in Montana are important to you.
  3. Ask them to introduce the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act. Express that we cannot afford to wait for threats to our rivers before we protect them - NOW is the perfect time to protect our best streams.

About us

Starting in 2010, Montana residents, business owners, sportsmen and sportswomen, and conservationists joined forces under the banner of Montanans for Healthy Rivers to identify and conserve the last, best free-flowing rivers in Montana. Over a decade of public outreach during which we conducted hundreds of meetings, nearly 3,000 Montanans and more than 1,000 Montana businesses have voiced support for significant new Wild and Scenic River designations.
Ryan Cruz
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Bozeman, MT
Jessy Stevenson
American Rivers
Bozeman, MT
Rachel Vandevoort
Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation
Whitefish, MT
KynsLee Scott
Blackfoot River Outfitters
Missoula, MT
Jim Hepburn
American Whitewater
Missoula, MT
Emmy Reed
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Bozeman, MT
Brian McGeehan
Montana Angler Fly Fishing
Bozeman, MT
Rick Donaldson
Gallatin River Guides
Big Sky, MT
Sam Mascari
Montana Roots
Bozeman, MT
Mike & Sara Garcia
Northern Lights
Bozeman, MT
Josh Olsen
Montana Wilderness School
Bozeman, MT
Dan Gigone
Sweetwater Fly Shop
Livingston, MT
Paul Robertson
Sage Lodge
Emigrant, MT
Tom Healy
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Dillon, MT
Russell Parks
Missoulian Angler
Missoula, MT
Whitney Milhoan
Casting for Recovery
Bozeman, MT
Hilary Hutcheson
Outside Media
Columbia Falls, MT
Kascie Herron
American Rivers
Victor, MT
Will Hammerquist
Polebridge Mercantile
Polebridge, MT
Greg Haller
Pacific Rivers
Portland, OR
Kristin Gardner
Gallatin River Task Force
Big Sky, MT
Eric Adams
Montana Flyfishing Guides
Livingston, MT
Joe Biby
Wilderness River Outfitters
Kalispell, MT
Scott Bosse
American Rivers
Bozeman, MT
Kevin Colburn
American Whitewater
Missoula, MT
Darcy Cook
Granite Sports Medicine
Livingston, MT
Charles Wolf Drimal
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Bozeman, MT
Becky Edwards
Montana Mountain Mamas
Bozeman, MT
Todd Frank
The Trail Head
Missoula, MT
Mike Fiebig
American Rivers
Bozeman, MT
See a complete list of Montana businesses and organizations that
endorse the Montana Headwaters Legacy Act.
Ryan Cruz
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Bozeman, MT
Jessy Stevenson
American Rivers
Bozeman, MT
Rachel Vandevoort
Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation
Whitefish, MT
KynsLee Scott
Blackfoot River Outfitters
Missoula, MT
Jim Hepburn
American Whitewater
Missoula, MT
Emmy Reed
Greater Yellowstone Coalition
Bozeman, MT
Brian McGeehan
Montana Angler Fly Fishing
Bozeman, MT
Rick Donaldson
Gallatin River Guides
Big Sky, MT
Sam Mascari
Montana Roots
Bozeman, MT
Mike & Sara Garcia
Northern Lights
Bozeman, MT
Josh Olsen
Montana Wilderness School
Bozeman, MT
Dan Gigone
Sweetwater Fly Shop
Livingston, MT
Paul Robertson
Sage Lodge
Emigrant, MT
Tom Healy
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Dillon, MT
Russell Parks
Missoulian Angler
Missoula, MT
Whitney Milhoan
Casting for Recovery
Bozeman, MT
Hilary Hutcheson
Outside Media
Columbia Falls, MT
Kascie Herron
American Rivers
Victor, MT
Will Hammerquist
Polebridge Mercantile
Polebridge, MT
Greg Haller
Pacific Rivers
Portland, OR
Your Help Is Needed to Protect Montana’s Best Rivers
Join us in conserving Montana’s next Wild & Scenic Rivers. Submit your endorsement in the form below, or better yet call or email Montana’s U.S. Senators Tester and Daines and Representative Gianforte and ask them to introduce and pass the Montana Headwaters Security Act!    

Office of Senator
Jon Tester
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510-2604
Phone: (202) 224-2644
Email Senator Tester

Office of Senator
Steve Daines
320 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2651
Email Senator Daines

Office of Congressman
Greg Gianforte
1222 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3211
Email Rep. Gianforte

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