Gianforte reintroduces a bill to protect Gateway to Yellowstone
Congressman Greg Gianforte reintroduced bipartisan legislation Jan. 10, to protect public land at the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
Gianforte’s Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, H.R. 426, permanently withdraws mineral rights and bans mining operations on approximately 30,000 acres of public land in an area north of the park.
“The community in Paradise Valley has been clear. They want permanent protection for public lands at Yellowstone’s gateway,” Gianforte said. “We made great progress last year, and I’ll continue working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and with our communities back home to get this across the finish line.”
Members of the Yellowstone Gateway community welcomed Gianforte’s efforts.
“I thank Congressman Gianforte for his continued leadership. Passing the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act in 2019 is one of the most important things we can do for the health of our small businesses and communities in Montana’s Paradise Valley,” said Bryan Wells, owner of Emigrant Creek Cabins.
“We are very encouraged to see our entire delegation working together to push for immediate passage of the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. Representative Gianforte’s leadership has been crucial to our success,” said Michelle Uberuaga, executive director of Park County Environmental Council.
“Permanently protecting Yellowstone’s gateway from gold mining is one step closer to reality. Today, Congressman Greg Gianforte reintroduced the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act in the US House Representatives. On behalf of the wild lands, clean water, and abundant wildlife that drive our economy and support Montana’s quality way of life, we thank him for remaining a steadfast champion. After several near misses to get this bill across the finish line, we are confident the time has finally come to show America what Montanans can do when they come together around a common value: Yellowstone is more valuable than gold.” said Caroline Byrd, executive director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
Gianforte introduced the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act in the 115th Congress. Last year, he guided the bill through the Republican-led House Natural Resources Committee, urged congressional leaders to include it in larger must-pass bills, including appropriations and a public lands package, and successfully secured protections for the area from the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture.
Montana’s U.S. senators introduced a similar bill in the 116th Congress on January 9, 2019.