Nearly 20 years ago Montanans decided that the Upper Missouri River Breaks was worth protecting — that sentiment hasn’t changed. While I’m happy to hear the Secretary Zinke has finally taken the Upper Missouri River Breaks off the list of potential national monuments to be delisted or downsized, his track record of following through on his promises to Montana is shaky at best.

In Montana, we don’t need the federal government to tell us what land isn’t worth protecting. Montanans know how valuable our land is — that’s why we take our kids and grandkids out to enjoy Montana’s wilderness year round. No matter where you live, everyone should be able to do that. We need to protect ALL our national monuments. I ask Secretary Zinke to oppose ANY changes to any national monument. We need to leave our country a better place for our kids — we can’t do that if we don’t protect our public land.

By August 25th, Secretary Zinke will decide if our country’s land is worth protecting. Montanans have spoken and Zinke heard us. Now it’s time to listen to the rest of the country — keep it the way it is.

Paige Cohn

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