Protecting our Sporting Traditions Through the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

Author: Alec Underwood

There are few places in Montana that emulate the quintessential sporting paradise like the Blackfoot River and the surrounding landscape. Whether you choose to cast to rising westslope cutthroat trout or pursue bulging bull elk with a bow in September, it’s an area that truly has everything that a hunter or angler could wish for.

That’s why there is no shortage of sportsmen and sportswomen, guides, outfitters, and other businesses that support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, legislation that will protect our sporting heritage well into the future. Developed by Montanans for over a dozen years, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project has resulted in major investments in the local community and landscape restoration efforts.

Championed by Senator Jon Tester, the BCSA would honor more than a decade of collaboration between landowners, sportsmen, outfitters, conservation groups, and more. The legislation would permanently protect nearly 80,000 acres of prime fish and wildlife habitat and also further catalyze restoration projects.

Now more than ever, we need hunters and anglers who care about this iconic landscape to use their voice and encourage our elected officials to help get this legislation across the finish line. Take action now to tell our elected officials to help pass the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.

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Alec Underwood

Federal Conservation Campaigns Director

Alec is responsible for developing and implementing MWF’s federal conservation advocacy and policy campaigns to protect Montana’s fish and wildlife. He spends most of his free time hunting big game and fly fishing Montana’s cherished trout rivers. He also enjoys backpacking, skiing, photography, and woodworking.