|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||December 20, 2013|
|Contact:||Tim Stevens, Northern Rockies Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association, email@example.com, (o) (406) 222-2268, (c) (406) 223-3137
Jeff Billington, Senior Media Relations Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (o) 202-419-3717, (c) 202-384-8894
Parks Group Asks Senate to Take Action on Sen. Baucus’ Legislation to Protect Glacier National Park
Statement by Tim Stevens, Northern Rockies Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association
“During his 35 years of service in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Max Baucus has been a tireless champion for protecting Glacier National Park and the Flathead region from threats the would fundamentally undermine the assets and quality of life that draw people there. Shortly after announcing his retirement, he identified a handful of high priorities that he wants to complete prior to leaving office. In response to the news this week that Sen. Baucus will leave the Senate to take on the role of U.S. Ambassador to China, the National Parks Conservation Association is urging quick passage of the North Fork Protection Act; one of those top priorities.
“Among these priorities is the North Fork Protection Act, which would safeguard 400,000 acres of Glacier Park-adjacent lands from future oil and gas development and forever protecting Glacier’s waters and a critical clean water source for much of the Flathead. We believe that in order to ensure the success of this legislation, Congress, led by Montana’s delegation, needs to act now and pass it, which will in turn protect our outdoor heritage and serve as proof that Montana’s most majestic landscapes provide a common touchstone for us all.
“The legislation costs taxpayers nothing, protects the engines driving our region’s economy, and honors all private property. 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. In addition to Sen. Baucus’ championship of this cause, 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. The North Fork Protection Act has achieved widespread bi-partisan support and is poised for quick Senate passage. We urge them to make it happen quickly.”