East Rosebud Creek

A view of East Rosebud Creek looking south toward the Beartooth Mountains.

CASEY PAGE/Gazette Staff

The second Run for Wild and Scenic East Rosebud is set for Sunday at East Rosebud Lake.

Participants may sign up for a 5K or 10K run or 3K walk. Registration begins at 8 a.m., events begin at 9 a.m.

The “East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act” awaits discussion in committees in Congress.

“This year’s run was supposed to be a celebration of East Rosebud Creek’s Wild and Scenic designation” said Mary Ellen Mangus, a local businesswoman who is on the board of Friends of East Rosebud. This turned out to be a little too optimistic. Last year’s bills by Sens. John Walsh and Jon Tester and then Congressman Steve Daines were never voted upon and expired. “But now we are running again,” Mangus said in a news release.

In June, the Montana delegation jointly reintroduced the “East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”

The races are taking place in the same area that has seen several proposals for hydroelectric dams.

Five years ago, local residents, ranchers and business people formed Friends of East Rosebud and began to talk to governmental agencies and politicians about better uses for East Rosebud Creek. The area is enjoyed by hikers, climbers, anglers, wildlife watchers, kayakers and horseback riders, and contributes millions of dollars to the local economy every year.

Friends of East Rosebud is supported by more than 90 percent of all local landowners and ranchers and all subdivision associations within 10 miles. Almost 2,000 local residents and visitors from 43 states signed the petition that led to the “East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”

Pre-registration is available at www.saveeastrosebud.org or for more information, send email to info@saveeastrosebud.org.

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