Congressman Greg Gianforte has introduced the East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 4645) to conserve a portion of the East Rosebud Creek, north of Yellowstone National Park under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. A popular recreation spot the creek is destination and contributes to Montana’s $6 billion tourism industry.

“Being responsive to our local communities, strengthening our economy, and protecting our way of life are among my top priorities as I represent Montanans in Washington,” said Gianforte, told the House Natural Resources Committee. He went on to say “In some areas, the best use of our natural resources and treasures is conservation and recreation. This standard applies to the East Rosebud Creek which is why I introduced today’s legislation”, Gianforte said.

East Rosebud Creek goes through the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and into Stillwater River. It eventually runs into the Yellowstone River. The U.S. Forest Service has approved a portion of East Rosebud Creek so it is becoming eligible for the wild and scenic designation.

U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies have said there is little potential for oil and gas development in the designation area.