Montana's Senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus released following statement in regards to news House Committee on Natural Resources has scheduled markup on North Fork Watershed Protection Act.
"Protecting the North Fork is the right thing to do and I am glad to see that it is gaining momentum. I will continue to work every angle to make sure this bill gets through the Senate," Baucus said. "There is no place on earth like the North Fork and I have been working 40 years to protect it. It's our responsibility to leave this place in better shape than we found it so our kids and grandkids are able to enjoy this treasure."
Senators Baucus and Jon Tester are both original co-sponsors of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act, which earned unanimous support from a key Senate panel last June.
Baucus's 40-year legacy fighting to protect the North Fork:
For nearly 40 years, Baucus has been a steady and strong voice to protect the North Fork of the Flathead River, beginning with his successful 1975 proposal to designate the Flathead as a Wild and Scenic River.
To date, Baucus, with the help of Senator Jon Tester, has successfully negotiated the return of more than 200,000 acres held by energy companies near Montana's North Fork of the Flathead River.
Together the Senators have secured the return of the primary interest in more than 80 percent of the total leased acreage.
In August 2013, Baucus spent his 96th work day working alongside the Montana Conservation Corp doing trail work in the North Fork Flathead drainage.