THE BLOG
04/21/2014 10:23 am ET | Updated Jun 21, 2014

Protecting Our Wilderness and Wildlife

My name is Dirk Adams, and I'm a Montana rancher and Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Montana. Today I'm writing about an important environmental issue that not many are talking about.

The North Fork Watershed Protection Act, a bill that would prevent mining, oil and gas exploration along the North Fork of the Flathead River just stalled in the Senate. This is nothing new. Though Congressman Pat Williams and Senators Baucus, Melcher, Burns, and Tester have all tried to pass legislation designating new wilderness areas in Montana, it's been over 30 years since Congress has done so.

I wrote last month about why I support the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, and it's more important now than ever.

Show your support of NREPA and demand that Congress pass it now.

NREPA is the first ecosystem-protection act, hopefully to be followed by many others worldwide. Yellowstone was the first national park, followed by thousands more. This bill will be that spark that leads to ecosystem-based management schemes everywhere.

Native species live by ecosystem boundaries, not state lines. They need the connecting corridors that link smaller core ecosystems such as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and the wilderness areas of central Idaho to keep these species from going extinct.

NREPA is the first ecosystem-protection act, hopefully to be followed by many others worldwide. Yellowstone was the first national park, followed by thousands more. This bill will be that spark that leads to ecosystem-based management schemes everywhere.

Native species live by ecosystem boundaries, not state lines. They need the connecting corridors that link smaller core ecosystems such as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and the wilderness areas of central Idaho to keep these species from going extinct.

Sign my petition to show your support of NREPA and demand that Congress pass it now.