Feb 21, 2013 7:12 PM by MTN News - Helena
WASHINGTON D.C. -- U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) announced Thursday that he will be reintroducing the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which aims to protect public access to ranching, hunting and recreation.
The act would designate 208,000 acres as a Conservation Management Area, and would also designate 67,000 acres as additions to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
According to Baucus, protecting the land for public recreational use protects jobs in Montana.
MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks estimates that sportsmen spent about $10-million a year during hunting season on the Front between 2006 and 2010.
"We'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better investment than protecting the Rocky Mountain Front. The Heritage Act is one way local people decided what makes most sense locally for the eastern Front and that's why it's a good idea," said Baucus.
Baucus originally introduced the Rocky Mountain Heritage Act in 2011.