Runs to promote East Rosebud Creek protection

2014-07-16T00:30:00Z 2014-08-07T11:46:09Z Runs to promote East Rosebud Creek protectionBy CLAIR JOHNSON cjohnson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The Friends of East Rosebud, which is working to protect East Rosebud Creek from development, is holding a series of runs along the scenic waterway.

Run for Wild & Scenic will be held on July 27 to promote awareness and support for federal protection under the Wild and Scenic Act.

This is the organization’s first annual run.

There will be a 10k, a 5k and a casual walk along the creek. The runs will begin and end where the road ends at the point where East Rosebud Creek flows from East Rosebud Lake. The route will follow the creek.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. at East Rosebud Lake with the run to begin at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 until July 25, and then the fee will be $30. There will be prizes from local businesses. Participants also can register online at www.saveeastrosebud.org.

In May, Montana U.S. Sen. John Walsh, a Democrat, introduced a bill, Senate Bill 2392, to protect the creek from possible development under the Wild and Scenic Act.

East Rosebud Creek begins in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and flows to the Yellowstone River. The creek is part of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

The bill would designate two segments of the creek under the act. One segment is a 13-mile stretch from the creek’s source to East Rosebud Lake, and the second segment is a seven-mile stretch from the outlet at the lake downstream to where it enters private property for the first time.

The entire stretch is managed by the U.S. Forest Service and no private land is affected. The U.S. Geological Survey has determined there is no potential for oil and gas development in the proposed designated area.

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