in North Central Montana
Rocky Mountain Front Region
When humans first crossed the Bering Land Bridge and headed south to greener climes, many entered the present-day U.S. along the backbone of the continent that we call the Rocky Mountain Front. Today “The Front,” with its jagged peaks and cliffs, still towers over the western edge of Montana’s prairie with the same grandeur that must have impressed those stone-age hunters. It’s a magnificent gift from the past that deserves to be passed on into the future.
Abutted on the west by 1.5 million acres of designated Wilderness and reaching east to US Highways 89 and 287, the Front stretches 150 miles north and south from Marias Pass to Rogers Pass. The landscape sprawls over 418,000 acres of public lands, including three wildlife management areas, the western half of the Lewis and Clark National Forest, and BLM holdings. Its outstanding roadless areas, supporting what may be the finest wildlife herds in the lower 48, run along the eastern slope of the Continental Divide.
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The Westerners who live in the neighborhood of the forest preserves are the people who in the last resort will determine whether or not these preserves are to be permanent.” Two hundred and ninety species of wildlife make a home on the Front today because of the stewardship practiced by hunters, anglers, farmers and ranchers for more than 100 years.
This culture of conservation and a love of the land guard against the threats of subdivision, industrialization, and motorized recreation. The natural and the human history of the Front ask equally for permanent protection. It’s our task to cherish both the wildlife that roams these high plains and ridgelines, and the Montana rancher who works the land in the tradition of forebears.
Groups involved in this region include the Island Range Chapter (Great Falls) and the Wild Divide Chapter (Helena).
The Bob Marshall Wilderness, Great Bear Wilderness, Scapegoat Wilderness, Lewis and Clark National Forest, Lolo National Forest and Helena National Forest can be found in this region.
Partnerships Serving Montana's Communities
Some Facts: The North Central Montana Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (RC&D) is a non-profit corporation, formed for the purpose of developing a regional effort to maintain and improve the quality of life for the residents of north central Montana. The North Central Montana RC&D is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization and was authorized by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on March 17, 1998.
North Central Montana RC&D Area, Inc. is organized and sponsored by 10 county governments (Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Phillips, Pondera, Teton, and Toole), 3 tribal governments (Chippewa Cree Tribe, Blackfeet Nation, Fort Belknap Indian Community), 11 Conservation Districts, 14 incorporated cities and towns and other individual members and interested development organizations.
The RC&D area spans 29,439 square miles (20% of Montana’s land area) and has an estimated population of 144,579 (2000 Census) which is approximately 20% of Montana’s population. This area, sometimes referred to as the “Golden Triangle,” produces approximately 30% of all Montana’s agricultural products (grain and livestock).
North Central Montana RC&D was created to work toward improving the economic and social conditions for the people of the area by:
· Creating and maintaining a regional organization which can address issues affecting north central Montana through consensus and collaboration.
· Develop and maintain a network of technical expertise capable of assisting with project design and implementation.
· Improve access to and assistance in securing funding for area projects.
· Establish regional communications outreach to inform area residents of North Central Montana RC&D’s goals, objectives and programs.
RC&D's Across the Nation
There are 375 RC&D's across the nation (plus the Caribbean and Pacific Basins). They serve more than 85% of US counties and over 77% of the US population.
In fiscal year 2007, RC&D's completed more than 4,278 projects. These resulted in 855 businesses created and 1,503 businesses expanded; 6,762 jobs created; 5,265 miles of streams; 370,463 acres of lakes and 1.64 million acres of wildlife habitat improved. Nearly 837,000 people developed new skills and served over 22 million citizens nationwide.
The Wilderness Society’s Northern Rockies office is a founding and active member of the Coalition to Protect the Rocky Mountain Front a group of state and national conservation and sportsmen organizations, local land and business owners, ranchers, outfitters, hunters, anglers, and Blackfeet Tribal members.
Working alongside this coalition, we have had many successes on the Rocky Mountain Front including:
Passage of federal legislation in 2006 that banned new oil and gas leasing on 500,000 acres of the Front and the permanent retirement of existing oil and gas leases on another 120,000 acres.
Recent Forest Service decisions to ensure that the vast majority of Forest Service lands along the Front are protected for traditional hiking, backpacking, and livestock use.
With this foundation laid, we are working with the Coalition to secure permanent safeguards for the remaining unprotected public lands on the Rocky Mountain Front. We have worked for over three years with local leaders and conservation interests to help develop The Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act, which protects wilderness and roadless lands and includes a component that combats harmful noxious weeds.
The North Central Montana region covers Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, Pondera, Teton, Chouteau, Lewis and Clark, Cascade, Judith Basin, and Fergus Counties.
We’re looking for someone North Central Montana to keep us up to date on these projects and any other major initiatives. We’d also like to report news about what’s being done to fight Agenda 21 in your area.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 406-626-3007.
Agenda 21 Legislation:
Agenda 21 Projects in the North Central Montana Region:
Fighting Agenda 21:
Great Falls Montana is considering a Complete Streets project, right off the pages of Agenda 21, using public health and safety as the driving forces behind it.
On May 15, 2012 Judy Tankink attended the City Commission meeting to speak out against this project. By asking several key questions, she made a big impact.
Click on the video link for the session. This video captures her presentation. Move the bar to the 1:37:34 point in the video to see her presentation.
Kudos to Judy for job well done!
NORTHWEST CENTRAL MONTANA BEWARE:
Be suspicious of groups that work get their foot in the door through “regionalizing” decisions across broad expanses of geography. By appearing and sounding authoritative, they wedge their way into the process and interject their agenda into the equation, ultimately reducing accountability to the people.
BECAUSE THEY ARE NON-ELECTED BUREAUCRATS, AND MANY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS DEFER TO THEM BECAUSE OF THEIR EXPERTISE AND RESOURCES, OVER TIME THEY COME TO WEILD POWER OVER THE PEOPLE AND LOCAL DECISION MAKING THAT THEY SHOULD NEVER HAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE. DO YOUR HOMEWORK ON REGIONAL GOVERNANCE.
This is one more way to force this agenda on the unknowing citizens of RURAL MONTANA.
For more information, please check out the information provided on the right side of this page.
About Us—Opportunity Link is a non-profit organization that strives to create and implement strategies and encourage partnerships that will reduce poverty in the region long-term. Opportunity Link does not accept unsolicited grant requests but instead devotes resources to promote public-private sector collaborations to develop systemic solutions. Opportunity Link, Inc. was established in partnership with the Northwest Area Foundation which is dedicated to helping communities reduce poverty for the long-term.
MISSION—Opportunity Link is committed to finding systemic ways to reduce poverty and help the communities of Northcentral Montana achieve independence, prosperity and a better way of life.
Note: Using eradication of poverty as its mission, millions of dollars of federal money are given to this organization for the implementation of Sustainable Development programs, including transportation. See HUD Announcement here.
Thank you Debbie Coffey for this great article from Liberty News Online
FEDERAL HORSE RUSTLERS AND THE AGENDA 21 HUSTLE
To begin with, the National Association of Conservation Districts (the “mother” of all Conservation Districts) is partnering in a way that promotes IUCN and ICLEI USA, thus pushing Agenda 21, the UN’s action plan that will do away with your private property rights and Constitutional rights.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse & Burro Advisory Board meeting (April 2012), was the first meeting including Sec. of Interior Ken Salazar’s new appointee, Callie Hendrickson. Hendrickson has served as an Executive Board member of the National Association of Conservation Districts, and works for the White River and Douglas Creek Conservation District in Colorado.
The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)
“The Nature Conservancy frequently uses phony front companies to get land” and it purchased “most of the islands off the coast of Virginia, containing 40,000 acres and sixty miles of coastline. In doing so, The Nature Conservancy was able to stop all private development and control the use of the land, damaging the tax base, killing thousands of jobs, and severely curbing the locals from hunting, fishing, camping and joy riding on the islands.
Don’t think the purpose was to preserve these beautiful, pristine islands for nature. The Nature Conservancy did bar others from developing the land, but not itself. Far from it, at a huge profit, the Conservancy developed upscale homes for the rich.”
Lee Pitts wrote in Agri-News: “TNC is involved in oil production and receives oil royalties.” “It hides behind phony corporations; serves as a shill for government agencies; and works behind the scenes with more visible environmental groups to intimidate property owners into selling. Its power, wealth, and control is almost beyond comprehension.”
The International City/County Management Association
The Dept. of Energy, along with the EPA and State Department, actually FUND ICLEI USA with your tax dollars. The Forest Service also seems to be marching in lockstep to support ICLEI USA.
Is your city a member of ICLEI?
What is behind the push for horse slaughter?
More about the Forest Service and Agenda 21:
“The USDA Closing Roads to Public Lands While Opening Doors to the UN
“UN, Monsanto, Mining, Oil & Gas Companies Directing BLM Plans for Public Lands”
The Nature Conservancy: