Parks Group Applauds Congressman Daines’ Introduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake & Scenic North Fork Flathead River Valley

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   June 5, 2013
Contact:   Michael Jamison, Glacier Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-454-3335, mjamison@npca.org
Jeff Billington, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, 202-419-3717, jbillington@npca.org


Parks Group Applauds Congressman Daines’ Introduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake & Scenic North Fork Flathead River Valley

STATEMENT BY Michael Jamison, Glacier Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association

“For more than a century, Glacier National Park has occupied a uniquely Montanan place at the intersection of conservation, culture and commerce. It reflects the best of who we are, and it represents how we make our living – last year alone, park visitation pumped more than $100 million into local communities, making Glacier National Park a primary economic driver as well as the world’s best backyard.

“With the introduction of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act (HR 2259) bill in the U.S. House Of Representatives, Rep. Daines is working on behalf of all those who cherish the lifestyle and livelihood Glacier provides. HR 2259 is a powerful and bipartisan statement, indicating that Rep. Daines supports locally-driven and solution-based efforts that are born right here at home.

“For three decades, Montanans from both sides of the aisle have served alongside our Canadian neighbors as stewards of the outstanding transboundary Flathead River Valley. This forestland has long been a source of revenue and recreation, where we hunt and fish and hike, where we harvest timber, graze livestock and still can live a life off the grid and beyond the pavement. This legislation safeguards that heritage, and ensures our children will enjoy those same Montana opportunities.

“It has been far too long since Big Sky residents have enjoyed bipartisan support, from the state’s entire Congressional delegation, for a public lands bill. I believe we all welcome this legislation as a significant milestone, evidence that local solutions still can carry weight in our nation’s capital, and that our leadership can transcend political lines to place Montana first.

“In 2011, lawmakers in British Columbia united to place Glacier National Park’s headwaters off-limits to activities such as mountaintop-removal coal mining. In 2013, with the support of Rep. Daines and Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, lawmakers here at home have an opportunity to uphold our end of that international bargain, ensuring that places such as Glacier and Flathead Lake are not contaminated by upstream industrialization.

“The legislation enjoys broad and bipartisan support across the state, costs taxpayers nothing, protects the engines driving our region’s economy, and honors all private property. And along the way, it not only protects Glacier National Park but also the municipal water supply for the city of Whitefish as well as commercial operations at destinations such as Whitefish Mountain Resort.

“With the introduction of this bill, Congressman Daines is joining some very good company. Backers of this measure include hunters, anglers, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, the region’s largest employers, and even the giants of America’s energy sector. Together, and in partnership with Montana’s senators, Rep. Daines’ is working to defend Montana’s history, heritage and hope.”


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