The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

Montana Senate District 35 

Op-Ed I-191 Restricts Public Access, Agriculture, and More in SW Montana


April 27, 2022

As part of a multigeneration farm/ranch family in the Gallatin Valley, I understand the vital importance of protecting our land and water resources. Farmers’ and ranchers’ stewardship of the land and water is our livelihood.

When I heard of the proposed ballot initiative 191 that would apply new, strict regulations to stretches of the Gallatin and Madison rivers—the type of regulations usually reserved for national parks and wilderness areas—I looked at the fine print.

The proponents are selling this initiative as a move to protect the rivers. But as is typical with ballot initiati...

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