Daines: Montanans Know Best How to Protect our Resources



September 22, 2016


Daines: Montanans Know Best How to Protect our Resources


U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today worked to protect Montanans from the Obama administration’s unilateral efforts to designate large areas of land as national monuments.


During a Committee on Energy and Natural Resources legislative hearing, Daines pressed the Obama administration to ensure that any monument designation secured the input of Montanans who live and work on the land and know best how to protect those resources.


“Too often, unilateral designations completely ignore the needs of the local communities, farmers and ranchers, sportsmen and small business owners directly impacted by new monument designations,” Daines stated. “Any designation that has the potential to impact land management must be made locally, not by D.C. bureaucrats.”


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The bills considered in today’s hearing include:


  1. 437: Amends the Antiquities Act to require, before the President could designate a national monument, 1) Congressional approval of the proposed national monument; and 2) notice from the Governor of the State in which the proposed monument is located that the State legislature has enacted legislation approving the designation. The bill also prohibits the President from designating a national monument in marine waters unless: 1) the monument is specifically authorized by Congress; 2) the President has certified compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act; and 3) the Governor of each State located within 100 nautical miles of the proposed national monument submits notice that the State legislature has approved the proposed designation.


  1. 1416: A bill to limit the President’s authority to reserve water rights in designating a national monument: Requires any water rights reserved associated with a Presidentially-created national monument be reserved only in accordance with state laws in which the water rights are located.


Daines has long worked to protect Montana from administrative abuses of the Antiquities Act. Daines introduced an amendment to S.1, legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, that would express the sense of Congress that all future national monument designations should be subject to consultation with local governance and the approval of the Governor and legislature of states in which designation would occur. He also introduced an amendment to S.Con.Res 11 to establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to ensure states’ and local governments’ voices are heard in all new national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.


In the House, Daines introduced the Montana Land Sovereignty Act to prohibit the establishment of new national monuments in Montana without Congressional review and approval. Daines also supported the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act, which requires that the President secure public participation and local support before any new monuments are declared.




Contact: Marcie Kinzel, Katie WaldmanLindsey Singer

Happy 80th to Mel Quale, Past President of IRC

We want to wish Mel Quale who is turning 80 on the 21st of August a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Mel was the second President of our fine organization, and a supporter, and worker for our endeavors. Mel has riding Dirt Bikes for over 50 years, and a supporter of all types of outdoor recreation.

Get ready for Salmon Trailapalooza 2016!

Get ready for Salmon Trailapalooza 2016!


August 5-7, 2016


This fun Salmon Valley Trails Event is designed to bring a variety of user groups together to get to know each other, hopefully ease some user conflicts, and to help revamp a somewhat forgotten connection to the Continental Divide Trail from Carmen Creek, just north of Salmon. We’ll be offering meals, live music and free camping for volunteers!


What’s in it for folks outside of the Salmon Valley? Well, the Salmon trails experience, of course!


We will also have a limited number of travel stipends available to groups/organizations traveling from outside the Salmon Valley area to attend. Anyone interested, can indicate when they sign up that they’d like to apply for some travel assistance.


We’ve set up a Facebook event which can be shared across social media, and we’d love your help with sharing if you can!



Online registration for Trailapalooza is available here: http://goo.gl/forms/ZCty7iKBRCvyulPn2


Please share if you can, and if you have interested parties from your own circles, please let us know – thanks!



Rachel Layman

Salmon Valley Stewardship



Wallowa-Whitman National Forest proposes a new recreation fee for the Wild and Scenic portion of the Snake River – Open House Dates

News Release: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest proposes a new recreation fee for the Wild and Scenic portion of the Snake River – Open House Dates

Release Date: Jun 20, 2016

Contact(s): Jake Lubera, Matt Burks

JOSEPH, OR – Forest managers at the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest are interested in hearing your comments on a proposal for a new recreation fee associated with the Wild and Scenic portion of the Snake River. The Forest is proposing a special recreation permit fee of $5.00 to $10.00, depending on public feedback received. This proposed fee would be, per-person, per-trip and would be collected from all boaters and passengers. This fee would also include individuals using outfitter/guide services on the Wild and Scenic portion of the Snake River. The area subject to the proposed fee is the Snake River beginning at Hells Canyon Dam to Cache Creek Ranch (approximately 70 miles).

Employees of outfitters and guides would not be subject to the fee during working hours, nor would travel by private, noncommercial boat to any private land inholding; or any person who has right of access for hunting or fishing privileges under specific provisions of treaty or law. The proposed fee would be used to help provide a sustainable funding source for the Wild and Scenic Snake River. The $5 to $10 fee would be used to improve maintenance of developed facilities and historic sites used for recreation, expand interpretation, address health and safety concerns and provide extra river patrols.

“We recognize how important this river corridor is to both our local communities and visitors; however, we are seeing a decline in our ability to keep up with normal operations. With this proposed investment from those who use the river, we will be able to maintain the sites to the level and quality that people expect and invest in other needs such as education and safety,” said Jake Lubera, Deputy District Ranger, Wallowa Mountains Office.

All new fee proposals will be presented before the John Day-Snake River Resource Advisory Committee, a citizen’s advisory committee. Committee members represent a broad array of interest groups to help ensure that the Forest Service is proposing reasonable and publicly acceptable fee changes and addresses any concerns.

In 2004, Congress passed the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act which allows the Forest Service to keep 95 percent of fees collected at certain recreation sites and use these funds locally to operate and maintain and improve these sites.

The new fee proposal will be posted in the Federal Register on June 21, 2016. In addition, open house sessions will be conducted in Boise, Riggins, Clarkston/Lewiston and Joseph.



July 5th, 2016

6pm – 8pm

Valley View Elementary School Gymnasium

3555 N Milwaukee St. Boise, ID 83704



July 6th, 2016

6pm – 8pm

HCNRA Riggins Office Conference Room

1339 Hwy 95 South Riggins, ID 83549



July 7th, 2016

6pm – 8pm

Walla Walla Community College – Clarkston Campus Multipurpose Room

1470 Bridge St. Clarkston, WA 99403



July 8th, 2016

6pm – 8pm

Joseph Community Center

East 1st St. Joseph, OR

For more information, questions or comments about any of these new fee proposals, please contact Jake Lubera, Deputy District Ranger, Wallowa Mountains Office at 541-426-5581 or jlubera@fs.fed.us and comments-pacificnorthwest-wallowa-whitman@fs.fed.us

Please visit the 2016 Wild and Scenic Snake River Fee Proposal website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/WildScenicSnakeRiverProposedFee

Haden Claiborne

Haden Claiborne viewing will be Wednesday evening (June 15), 6 pm to 8 pm at Summers Funeral Home Ustick Chapel. Funeral services are Thursday (June 16), 11 am at Summers Funeral Home Ustick Chapel, with burial concluding at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery.