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A local's perspective

| April 22, 2022 7:00 AM

To the editor:

As someone who has grown up in Montana, the wilderness has always been something that I have found profoundly beautiful. I have witnessed first-hand the majesty of landscapes such as the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountains wilderness.

As someone who has fished, floated and explored many parts of the Blackfoot River, I find it important to keep the area alive and pristine for every future generation of Montanan.

In putting forward the idea of community, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act shows that people with different roots and values from hunters, conservationists and even loggers can put aside their distinctive views to make a compromise.

Seventy-nine percent of Montanans support this compromise that contributes to local economies and the health of the community as a whole. In passing this act, we protect the picturesque scenery and ecosystems that define this one of a kind state, in keeping its natural sublimity alive for years to come.

Cory Stalling

Missoula