Wild Rivers, fortunate Flathead

Print Article

The three forks of the Flathead River are defining characteristics of Northwest Montana ó itís hard to imagine our corner of the Rockies without the existence of these free-flowing waterways. They play a vibrant role in our way of life and help power a multi-million dollar recreation-based economy.

This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on Oct. 2, 1968. The landmark legislation created a system to designate pristine rivers and preserve them in that state forever. Todayís front-page story details how this act came to be, and how the Flathead River served as its inspiration.

It took foresight and guts to protect the natural state of these rivers in the face of pressure to develop the West with dams, highways and power grids.

Itís a risk that has more than paid off, literally.

Beyond securing access to world-class fishing and boating opportunities, study after study has shown that outdoor recreation has emerged as the major economic driver of the Flathead. Millions of people visit Northwest Montana simply to experience the untamed, the wild, the scenic.

While we take time this year to reflect on the legacy of the of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, itís also imperative we look forward with the same long-range vision of the conservationists who saw value in safeguarding our rivers. Certainly, challenges lie ahead. River use is rapidly growing, and native species and water quality are constantly under pressure. Itís up to us to keep the three forks of the Flathead pristine and free-flowing for the next 50 years.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Hungry Horse Dam: A story for the ages

September 16, 2018 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake At its best, local journalism is about telling the story of a community ó past, present and future. Our most important stories are YOUR stories. It was a privilege for the Daily Inter Lake to share ...

Comments

Read More

United Way needs honest critique

September 09, 2018 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake We have always been a friend of United Way. We support the agency in its longstanding mission to provide a safety net for those among us who need the most help and are most likely to be overlooked....

Comments

Read More

Whitefish Energy: The rest of the story

September 02, 2018 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake The story of Andy Techmanski and Whitefish Energy has finally been told, and as so often seems to be the case, the true story is nothing like what was reported by the national media in the months fol...

Comments

Read More

History lost in Glacier fire canít be replaced

August 26, 2018 at 6:00 am | Daily Inter Lake We were saddened to learn last week that dozens of historic structures in Glacier National Park were destroyed in the Howe Ridge Fire. The blaze ó now estimated at more than 10,000 acres ó made an i...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

News: (406) 837-5131
Advertising: 406-758-4410
Bigfork Eagle
c/o Daily Inter Lake
PO Box 7610
Kalispell, MT 59904

©2018 Bigfork Eagle Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X