I am writing to express my support for securing Wild and Scenic designation for East Rosebud Creek (see "East Rosebud Wild and Scenic designation discussion draws a crowd," April 12 edition).
The purpose of designating East Rosebud Creek as a Wild and Scenic river is to keep this beautiful area as it is. It will not change anything, which is why I support it.
I was born in Billings. During my adult working life away from Montana, I came home every summer to spend time at East Rosebud Lake. When I retired, I moved back to Montana permanently. I have watched traffic in Billings increase and open land shrink. This trend will increase. That's why protection of our best places is important. I want future generations to be able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the East Rosebud area.
Many agree with me. A recent poll by Montanans for Healthy Rivers found that 90 percent of Montanans want to maintain or increase protections for Montana's rivers, and 75 percent of Montanans support the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The poll was conducted by a bipartisan team of pollsters to ensure that the results were not skewed in anyone's favor.
I am a past member of the board of Friends of East Rosebud Creek. I have seen their petition, including names, addresses and the comments from the petition signers. Copies were given in person to all three members of Montana's congressional delegation. I can vouch that the petition's 1,600 signatures are authentic.
Contrary to one recent letter writer, Wild and Scenic designation for the East Rosebud would apply only to public lands. Therefore it will have no impact on private property, other than to serve as a much-needed insurance policy that will guarantee that the river we enjoy today will stay that way for our children and grandchildren.
For more information, please visit www.saveeastrosebud.org.