Last winter, on a ski trip to Yellowstone, I had the chance to spot a wolf running across a frozen river in the Lamar Valley. It was so graceful and powerful. Those few moments were brief, but the memory of that encounter will stay with me forever.
My time in Montana’s wild lands, and experiences like that wolf sighting, have shaped who I am and who I want to be. And like so many Montana parents, I want my children to grow up with access to the same outdoor experiences that I’ve been lucky enough to have.
The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Since President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law in 1973, hundreds of species – including gray wolves – have been saved from disappearing forever and many more are on their way to recovery.
But now, some members of Congress and the Administration are trying to weaken the Endangered Species Act to benefit developers and the oil, gas, and mining industries. The proposed policies would undermine science and make it harder to protect important habitat for imperiled fish and wildlife.
We have a responsibility to future generations to be good stewards and protect endangered species and the special places they call home. I hope you'll join me in calling on our Senators to stand up against attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the species it protects: