Governor Steve Bullock today sent a letter to Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke urging no changes be made to the designation of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.
“I strongly recommend that no change in the size or to the designation of the Monument should be made,” wrote Governor Bullock. “The Missouri River Breaks offers world-class, once-in-a-lifetime public lands hunting opportunities for trophy mule-deer, elk and bighorn sheep.”
Bullock also detailed the positive economic impact of the Monument to Montana’s economy.
“Today, the area attracts over 130,000 visitors per year, providing an annual influx of approximately $10 million to the local economy. The local economy has come to depend on this,” Bullock wrote. “In addition to attracting more visitors, the region has sustained growth in many measures of local economic health and prosperity…including a 23% increase in real capita income.”
Bullock concluded the letter with a call to preserve the Monument for future generations, stating “The Missouri Breaks has remained largely unchanged for over 200 years. The monument designation helps keep it that way for our children and our grandchildren.”