My fellow Montanans,
There's no place on earth like the Rocky Mountain Front. It embodies the preamble of the Montana State Constitution which reads:
"We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations do ordain and establish this constitution."
This spirit continues to define us as Montanans, and the Front is a big part of that.
The Front is our heritage and our future. It is critical for Montana's economy. A recently released study shows 64,000 Montana jobs rely on outdoor recreation. Sportsmen spend around $10 million every year during hunting season on the Front.
Good-paying jobs rely on the mineral leasing that's booming now in Teton and Pondera Counties.
This bill won't stop Montanans from benefiting from producing oil and gas on their land.
The point of the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act is to keep that heritage the way it is. No more and no less.
It is a Made in Montana bill. No one sat down in Washington and started drawing lines on the map.
Gathered around kitchen tables in small towns like Choteau, Augusta and Fairfield - Montanans from diverse backgrounds came up with a balanced bill that I'm proud to carry in their honor. The bill goes to great lengths to ensure public access to sportsmen and to make double sure that the responsible way ranchers manage their cattle on the Front won't change.
Since I first introduced the legislation in 2011, it's earned the endorsements of six Montana newspapers and more than 800 sportsmen, along with wildlife and recreation organizations and state government agencies.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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