Big Local Pushback To Big Sky Country National Heritage Area Effort

Editors note: the following is a press release from Montanans Opposing Big Sky Country National Heritage Area.

News Release

For Immediate Release:

Contact: December 2, 2020 Rae Grulkowski
Montanans Opposing Big Sky Country National Heritage Area
rae@3rivers.net
406.788.3204

Montanans Says NO to BSCNHA!

Great Falls, Cascade County, MT – On December 2, 2020, the thirteenth organization submitted their resolution of non-support for the federal designation of Montana land, by Big Sky Country National Heritage Area, (BSCNHA) Inc. More are expected as county residents become aware of the proposed NHA designation of their private property.

BSCNHA, Inc. is a private corporation initially formed in 2015 as the Upper Missouri River Heritage Area Planning Corporation. The purpose of the self-appointed, fourteen member board is to achieve federal designation of a substantial amount of private land within a boundary area desired by this board.

This current proposal engulfs all of Cascade county and a portion of Chouteau county. However, since the ultimate decision of the boundary is made by Congress, it could change again as it has twice since 2015. The proposal is made under the guise of boosting tourism and enhancing economic development. But the community is not buying it as evidenced by the list of city, county, state and federal organizations formally opposing the designation.

Date of Action and Organization

September 9, 2020 Chouteau County and Hill-Liberty-Blaine County Farm Bureaus

September 27, 2020 Cascade County Farm Bureau

October 6, 2020 Chouteau County Trailblazers

October 7, 2020 City of Belt, Montana

October 15, 2020 Town of Cascade, Montana

October 19, 2020 Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America (R-CALF, USA)

October 2020 Hilltop Hutterite Colony, Stockett, Montana

October 27, 2020 Great Falls Association of Realtors

October 28, 2020 Eden, Montana Community Hall

November 10, 2020 Montana Farm Bureau Federation

November 19, 2020 Montana Stockgrowers Association

November 24, 2020 Foothills Livestock Association, Great Falls, Montana

December 2, 2020 Montana Grain Growers Association

Additionally, over 3,000 signatures on petitions opposing the designation and an undetermined number of letters of opposition have been written to elected officials and National Park Service representatives.

Jane Weber, the chairperson of the BSCNHA is also Cascade County, District 3 Commissioner. Contrary to her constituents’ desires, she is spearheading BSCNHA’s pursuit of this federal designation. If the feasibility study is a true determination of the community’s desire to work together toward a federal designation, why does the resident voice continue to be ignored? The real question is: Why is this designation so important to this board?

3 COMMENTS

  1. Plus, why did the BSCNHA receive $10k from CARES funds, through Bullock’s task force? And how was it spent?
    Thanks to all working to educate area residents about this scheme!

  2. I askedthe bscnha what honorary meant? They say this designation is an honor!
    Its not an honor when the landowner has said, “NO”!

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