I witnessed a historic meeting in Seeley Lake. Last week I saw loggers, snowmobilers, outfitters, wilderness lovers and timber business representatives gather to support a unique legislative proposal.
The Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Project brought together these groups to hammer out a land plan that could work for everyone. I shouldn't be surprised. It was very apparent that they had come together for a common purpose - to save Montana's forests … at least, one small portion. This one portion could be the successful model for future projects. No one was looking for a handout from the federal government, just permission to do what Montanans do best - manage the land that we all love.
Historically, the Seeley Lake area has always made its mark for innovative forest management. The very first federal timber sale was on the west side of Seeley Lake. In 2001, Seeley Lake was the location for one of the first stewardship contracts in the nation.
Now, we have the opportunity to lead the nation in a win-win plan for on-the-ground land management. I urge our congressmen and fellow Montanans to support this project.
Mary Ann Morin, Seeley Lake