Posted: Mar 29, 2013 8:36 PM by MTN News
WEST GLACIER - Congressman Steve Daines says he plans to spearhead legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect the North Fork watershed.
Daines joined area leaders at the Belton Chlaet to press for the protection of the North Fork watershed, saying that he recognizes its importance to Montana's outdoors heritage and the Flathead Valley's economy.
"As a fifth generation Montanan, I know the importance of our state's rivers and mountains to Montanans' outdoors heritage-because they're part of my way of life too," Daines stated.
"The North Fork watershed is of critical value to our state's outdoors heritage and the tourism economy in the Flathead Valley, and it's important that we work together to protect this valuable resource," he stated in a news release.
Daines applauded the efforts of local community members and businesses to protect the North Fork, as well as efforts led by Montana senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.
"If more people in Washington worked together like we do in Montana, we would get a lot more done," Daines stated. "Efforts to protect the North Fork Watershed and ensure that future generations can enjoy camping, fishing, and hiking in this area for years to come are a good example of how we can work together to put Montana first."
Daines says he plans to introduce legislation in the House that's similar to the North Fork Watershed Protection Act.
"The first time I went to the North Fork, I knew there was no place quite like it on earth and it's our duty to make sure our kids and grandkids can enjoy it, too. Our outdoor heritage drives our economy, brings tourists to Montana and makes our state second to none," said Baucus who first spearheaded efforts to protect the North Fork in 1975. "Working together to protect places like the North Fork is good policy and good business."
"Outdoor recreation supports businesses and creates jobs, but Montanans understand that protecting these areas is about more than just dollars and cents," Tester added. "It's about setting aside places where we can pass on our Montana values to our kids and our grandkids. I'm glad that Congressman Daines will be spearheading this in the House, and I look forward to working with him to protect areas like the North Fork that make Montana a special place to live and work."
Daines is on a two-week tour of Montana to highlight the state's natural resources.