Our Treasure, Our Future – Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

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 Protect Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

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Protect Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument – Sample Script by Guest Contributor P.R. for Monday, June 5, 2017:

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, located in Central Montana is 365,000 acres  and was established by Bill Clinton in January, 2001.  It is an area of geological wonder with rock outcroppings, steep bluffs and grassy plains.  Charles Russel used this area as a model for many of his famous paintings.  Ranchers still graze their cattle in this open land, while six wilderness study areas have been established within the monument to continue scientific research of this environment.

The monument is rich in biological, historical, and geological artifacts.  Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail passes through this monument, with dozens of historic spots along the river where the Lewis and Clark expedition camped from May 24, 1805 to June 13, 1805.  The Nez Peace National Historic Trail and the Fort Benton National Historic Landmark also lie within the monument.  If you were to canoe the 149 miles of the national wild and scenic Missouri River here, as many do each summer,  you would pass by evidence of the Native American inhabitants with tipi rings and petroglyphs, fur trading sites, and homesteads that are still standing.

Bear Paw Battlefield, where 800 Nez Perce fought, then surrendered to the US Army, is a reminder of a part of our history that cannot be forgotten, and this monument stands to preserve that lesson.  Indeed, this is where Chief Joseph gave his speech, “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more, forever.”

Hunters frequent this land for its infamous big game, including approximately 900 bighorn sheep.  Numerous campgrounds in the monument allow for multiple day visits for those seeking to learn its history, float its river, hunt, fish, or simply to enjoy the solitude that can be gained from wandering the grassy plains. 

This is a monument that deserves our protection for each of the above reasons as an area where we can learn firsthand about our human history as well as our natural history.  This is an area where one can be immersed in the unspoiled setting of Central Montana, and I know that we will certainly be ready to visit this area, both on foot, as well as by canoe before long.

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center:  http://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/museum/upper-missouri-river-breaks-interpretive-center.html

Friends of the Missouri Breaks National Monument:  https://missouribreaks.org

Bureau of Land Management:  https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/mt/st/en/prog/nlcs_new/UMRB_NM.html

 

Photo: Upper Missouri River Breaks. 26 September 2012: BLM. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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