Lincoln Prosperity Pitch Sent to Montana Congressional Delegation for Review
LINCOLN – A broad proposal for “collaborative” land management in the Upper Blackfoot Valley is in the hands of the Montana congressional delegation, with supporters hoping the ideas can be incorporated into legislation.
After 8 years of fine-tuning the details, the Upper Blackfoot Community Council presents the “Lincoln Prosperity Proposal” to Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and Rep. Matt Rosendale. The proposal is the latest example of large user groups coming together for the common good, with a multi-use approach for thousands of acres of public land.
“We’ve had conversations with our delegation throughout this process, trying to keep them updated on what we’re working on and yes, so now it’s just that more formal step,” says Karyn Good from the Upper community. Blackfoot. Advice.
Lincoln’s Prosperity Proposal addresses everything from timber management, forest restoration and fire safety to motorized and non-motorized trail designation, recreation and conservation.
Eric Grove, who regularly mountain bikers the local trails, worked with the Collaborative Group that helped develop the core of Lincoln’s prosperity proposition.
“Well, this is really exciting, Dennis, especially since you know that I first came to Lincoln to present some ideas on the development of mountain bike development tracks in 2007. So yes, it took a long time to see it come to fruition. We’re super excited to finally get to a point where we can deliver it to the delegation. I hope they will complete it. “
The land arrives even as Lincoln sees a growing interest in outdoor recreation. Motorhomes are everywhere.
And more and more Continental Divide Trail mountain bikers and hikers are using Lincoln as a refueling point.
Grove tells me it’s this potential that brings together diverse user groups, beyond political differences.
“One thing they finally came to an agreement on was what this landscape could look like and how management could unfold in a way that gives consistency to the people of Lincoln and allows them to plan a little more vitality. economic and progress in this regard. “
And even though the proposal is now going to Congress, Good says there are still plenty of opportunities for local residents to learn and get involved.
“On June 29th, we have a very informal town hall meeting in Helmville trying to bring the stakeholders together and you know, just the landowners to find out as much as possible about the proposal. Answer any questions they might have. And then we ‘I’m just asking people who want to know more and can’t hold a public meeting like this to visit our website at lincolnprosperity.com. You can go there to find out more about the proposal and approve it as well. . “
The Lincoln Prosperity Project is already driving change. This summer, for the first time ever, mountain bikes use a new single-track loop outside of Lincoln on Beaver Creek, as well as a new family bike trail and ATV trail.
To learn more about the plans, visit Lincoln’s Prosperity Proposal website.