East Rosebud Creek set to receive 'wild and scenic' designation
A bill to protect 20 miles of East Rosebud Creek in an area some call “the Alps of Montana” is headed to the president’s desk.
The East Rosebud Wild and Scenic Rivers Act will add portions of the creek in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness both upstream and downstream of East Rosebud Lake to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
The area is home to a popular hiking trail known as The Beaten Path north of Cooke City, and is prime trout spawning habitat for the populations in Rosebud Creek and the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers, according to the advocacy group Friends of East Rosebud.
Recreation on the creek generates millions of dollars annually for the local economy, the legislation says.
Identical bills passed the House on July 17 and Senate on July 25. The bill now awaits President Donald Trump’s signature.