December 1, 2018

Fall has definitely turned to winter here in the Madison Valley. We had a very successful fall planning for future projects, preparing for the Three Dollar Riparian Project, and continuing our fencing work on the Granger Ranch. We welcomed two new employees in the past couple weeks-- more on that on next week's blog launch. We are working hard to increase our engagement on our digital platforms. Please follow us on social media (Facebook and instagram)--- there will be some good prizes in upcoming weeks! The vote on I-186 didn’t go as we had hoped, but we will be closely watching what is going on at the legislature and will stand up for clean water and public lands. We have continued to advocate for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, it expired on September 30. Created by Congress in 1964, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) uses $900 million a year in royalties from offshore and oil and gas production to protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges from development, while providing matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects. It's also used to purchase easements on private land that allows public access. There is currently hope that it will be attached to a budget bill by the end of the year.  Senator Tester and Senator Daines are sponsors of SB 569, which would permanently reauthorize LWCF. If you don't live in Montana, I encourage you to call your Senators and ask them to support SB 569. 

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet on December 10 to decide who will be on the Madison River Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. The committee appointed by the commission will start meeting in January to work on the Madison River Recreation Plan and is expected to reach consensus on proposed rule language by March. The commission will then vote on whether to send it to public comment with the goal of having a policy in place for 2020. MRF will continue to advocate for the river and keep you updated on how you can be a part of the process.

I hope everyone's holiday season is off to a wonderful start and when considering places to shop you’ll support the businesses that support us--- find them here! 

The Foundation is very excited about the first project from the Madison River Riparian Restoration Plan, the Three Dollar Bridge Riparian Restoration Project. The popular fishing access site is located at the upstream end of the Restoration Planning Area. This location receives heavy recreational use. Limiting factors to the overall health of the site include reduced floodplain connectivity, altered flow regime, livestock and wildlife impacts, and recreational impacts. To address these limiting factors and promote a desired future condition, the restoration concept for this area includes exclosure fencing, planting, enhancing connected off-channel habitat and formalizing fishing access trails. Plank bridges will be utilized to establish walking routes near the streambank in locations where sensitive wetland vegetation exists. The Foundation is working with Geum Environmental Consulting, Three Dollar Ranch, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to launch on the ground work next spring. We need your help to fund this valuable project.

Consider creating a lasting legacy by helping fund the restoration at Three Dollar Bridge. With a donation of $50, your name will be on a plaque for all to see while walking on the plank bridges that will help protect and restore wetland areas. In addition, receive a yearly membership to MRF for yourself or to give as a gift.

With a donation of $250 or more, your name will appear on a commemorative plaque at the new trailhead for the access site. You will also receive a yearly membership to MRF for yourself or to give as a gift.

Your support will make it possible to preserve, protect, and enhance this iconic place on the Madison River.


Have photos of Three Dollar Bridge or fishing at the site? We WANT to see them!

As were working on our Three Dollar Riparian Restoration Project we want to see photos of how you've enjoyed the area of the years. We'd love to see new ones or old ones; scenic or fishing; big fish or little fish. Feel free to share stories of your time here. Send to or tag us on Instagram or Facebook! This one is by Pat Daigle from Blue Ribbon Flies!

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Keep your eye out on December 7 for the new blog coming to our website!