Committed to save the beauty of East Rosebud Creek for future generations
Traute Parrie, Beartooth District Ranger, explaining that East Rosebud Creek is eligible for Wild and Scenic River protection
Links to our Montana Congressional Delegation
Congressman Steve Daines
Senator Max Baucus
Senator Jon Tester
More than 200 supporters visited our 2013 Film Festival
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Print business support form
Ideas on Wild and Scenic eligibility
Map by Lucas Ward, Assistant Professor at Rocky Mountain College
Voices of our supporters
Beautiful East Rosebud in Fall
We are not alone on this important assignment
More info, pictures and comments on Friends of East Rosebud Facebook Page
Actively working to save East Rosebud Creek and other American Treasures
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East Rosebud Creek drainage surrounded by designated wilderness is about as close to paradise as it gets. Forest Service found this area eligible for Wild & Scenic River Protection for its outstanding Geologic, Recreational, and Scenic values. This site has been set up by Friends of East Rosebud to provide information and tools for people who want to help save this paradise.
Our Goal is Wild & Scenic Designation for the part of East Rosebud Creek that is situated on Forest Service land. East Rosebud Creek’s beauty draws tourists from all over the world, provides income to local businesses, supports stable real estate values and generates substantial tax income. This area has been threatened by small scale hydropower projects several times in the past. We want to make sure this cannot happen again. We seek Wild & Scenic designation for East Rosebud Creek.
Please support us by signing the petition as more than 1500 individuals from 43 States have done before you and ask your friends to do the same. To assist us with a Donation please click here. And very important: If you own a business or ranch become a business supporter. It does not cost anything.
Status Update July 2013
The hydro dam permit that we were fighting for three years has expired on June 30th. Hydrodynamics’ spokesman said that the expected guaranteed sales rates for hydropower generated electricity did not materialize and that they therefore did not pursue their permit at this point in time. This is good news. But a new hydro proposal can pop up any time like it did several times in the past. Friends of East Rosebud are therefore continuing their push for Wild and Scenic designation for East Rosebud Creek. Only this will stop further advances of energy or mining companies. Friends of East Rosbud initiated discussions with the MT Congressional Delegation and Forest Service headquarters in Washington DC this spring that give hope that the goal of Wild and Scenic designation can be reached. This dialogue will continue. Besides this we stay in frequent contact to local Forest Service; MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks; DNRC and other agency offices. Earlier this year we had the chance to talk to our Governor in Helena and received a very positive response. A presentation to the Billings Rotary Club led to broader business support.
Our last newsletter containes some additional information as well as links to the films shown at our Festival please. If you have not seen it yet click here. Our petition signers will receive these newsletter updates by email every 1-2 months (if there are news to report).
A number of local businesses support our activities because it makes a lot of business sense to protect East Rosebud Creek. All local home owners associations and all large surounding ranches have signed up to. If you own or run a business: Please beome a Supporter of Friends of East Rosebud. It does not cost anything. But it will help a lot. Find out who signed up as a supporter and how to join. Click here.
Click here to get to a list of 30 feature articles and letters promoting preservation for East Rosebud Creek. A good overview article can be found here:
Holding on to Paradise, MONTANA MAGAZINE by Joel Harris
Journalist Joel Harris and film maker Daniel Lombardi made a documentary about Montana's Wild and Scenic Rivers. See it here.
Friends of East Rosebud, Inc.
Friends of East Rosebud, Inc. is a Montana non-profit organization. We are a public charity under section 501 (c) (3) internal revenue code. To see who is on the Board of Friends of East Rosebud click here. We sponsored a number of events this summer including a float at local fairs, neighborhood information meetings, and a Film Festival with documentary films featuring East Rosebud Creek and surrounding mountains. We will keep you informed through our email newsletter and on this site. For short term updates see also our Facebook Page.
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East Rosebud Creek originates high in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, flowing from the slopes of Montana’s highest peaks through East Rosebud Lake and out onto the prairie where it joins the Yellowstone River. The East Rosebud Valley, formed long ago by advancing glaciers, is thought by many to be one of Montana’s most beautiful valleys. Lying within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, East Rosebud Creek possesses remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, and historic values. To quote Pat Marcuson, noted fisheries biologist and author of the popular fishing book Fishing the Beartooths, the spectacular East Rosebud Creek is “the land of plenty; plenty of waterfalls, plenty of glaciers, plenty of vertical walls, plenty of fish, plenty of wildlife, plenty of visitors”. One can find eagles nesting, Mountain Goats and Big Horn sheep, Black and Grizzly bears and a rare wolverine, see moose sparing in the fall, hear the elk bugling, spot Mountain Lions, foxes, and wolves and of course plenty of Whitetail and Mule Deer. Anglers can catch Brown, native Cutthroat, Rainbow, and Brook Trout, as well as native Mountain Whitefish. This valley has been threatened by hdro power dam projects several times in the past. We don't want this to happen again. East Rosebud Creek deserves Wild and Scenic River designation by our government in order to permanently protect it from future harmful power or mining projects. The purpose of this site is to give you easy access to project information and possible roads of intervention. Please help to protect and preserve one of Montana’s most valued treasures.
There is more to it than just conservation. The area’s economic success depends on keeping its land and surroundings unspoiled and free of visible industrialization. Tourists come from all over the world to enjoy the splendor of these lands. Some just stay for days of vacation, some buy property and become part of the community. All together they provide for a healthy income of local businesses and create substantial tax income. Local property values have been fairly stable compared to other areas during past years’ housing crisis. And this largely due to the fact that unspoiled nature is a scarce commodity. Our local economy would clearly benefit form Wild and Scenic Designation for East Rosebud Creek.
A U C T I O NJohn Potter painting sold for $ 2000