While many enjoy Montana's great outdoors this summer, Congress has a chance to make sure our special places are protected forever.

In an opinion piece published June 27 in the Billings Gazette, Environment Montana State Director Skye Borden underscored the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)—and the need for elected officials to fully fund America's best conservation program.

“LWCF is the reason that Flathead’s Wild Horse Island is accessible to the public, and why bull trout still thrive in the Swan Valley’s Lindbergh Lake,” wrote Skye. “And, because it has funded nearly 800 different projects across the state, there’s also a pretty good chance it’s responsible for one of your favorite neighborhood parks or ball fields.”

While encouraged by overwhelming public support for LWCF, Skye concludes with a call on our elected officials to finish the job and fully fund the nation’s best conservation program.

Read Skye's article.

Photo: Environment Montana State Director Skye Borden paddles on Lindbergh Lake with her son. Credit: Staff