H.R. 426: To withdraw certain National Forest System land in the Emigrant Crevice area located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana, from the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, and for other purposes.
Text of HR 426 (Text not yet available as of January 14, 2019)
NOTE: This Bill may have an effect on Recreational Rockhounding.
S. 60: A bill to withdraw certain National Forest System land in the Emigrant Crevice area located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana, from the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States, and for other purposes.
The Joint Resolution of the Montana House and Senate urges the United States Congress to release certain Wilderness Studies Areas in Montana for inclusion in the national wilderness preservation system. The following WSA areas were designated in 1977 and required the Secretary of Agriculture to determine within 5 years, the suitability of these areas for preservation as wilderness. This was 40 years ago. It is time to take back our public lands for public use.
The time has come to release these lands as they do not qualify as wilderness and should be released. They include:
West Pioneer 151,000 acres
Blue Joint 61,000 acres
Sapphire 94,000 acres
Ten Lakes 34,000 acres
Middle Fork Judith 81,000 acres
Big Snowies 91,000 acres
Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn 151,000 acres
That is 663,000 acres returned to public usage that have been locked away for 40 years. Speak up now and make you voice heard.
It is important to send a comment in support of the resolution HJ 9
ALAA had worked with Doug True,Trip Leader for the Terry, Montana colossal Field Trip for the AFMS & NFMS and decided to clean up the off ramp of I-94 into town. On checking out the area, we found the town's 4-H students had already cleaned the area, as well as streets, the park and other areas around the town.
This was the cleanest little town we've seen. So on Sunday morning at the end of the festivities, ALAA arranged for a picture of those who would have attended the clean-up and showed "empty ALAA clean-up bags," and the group who would have done the work Doug said there were people from at lease 30 states and Canada….what a turnout. Between 300 and 400 people.
And we got a compliment, after our Barbeque on Saturday evening in the park, the city sent people into clean up….we had done the job….there was nothing to clean up except the full bags of trash around the trash can. ….the city was very appreciative.
Shirley Leeson, President American Lands Access Association
The above pictures speak for themselves. The AFMS Code of Ethics, obviously was not followed. We don't know if this is recent or over many years, either way, it's not acceptable behavior by rockhounds.