Gianforte, Daines Secure Opening of CMR Refuge to Grazing
U.S. CONGRESS — Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senator Steve Daines today secured emergency relief for farmers and ranchers severely impacted by the Lodgepole Complex fires in Eastern Montana.
Earlier today, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced he would grant Gianforte and Daines’s request to permit ranchers to move cattle on retired grazing allotments within the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge (CMR).
"Secretary Zinke's decision is a common sense solution to help our farmers and ranchers impacted by the Lodgepole Complex fires. I appreciate Ryan sharing our sense of urgency and responding quickly to our letter requesting aid," said Gianforte. "The fact is we have grass available and hungry cows. Allowing them to graze on retired grazing allotments within the CMR just makes sense."
"I'm thrilled with Secretary Zinke's responsiveness to my request to provide emergency relief to Montana's farmers and ranchers. The severe drought has hammered the eastern side of our state and it is great news that cattle will be able to be moved onto parts of the CMR." Daines stated.
On July 27, Gianforte and Daines requested Zinke take action and grant emergency relief to farmers and ranchers severely impacted by the Lodgepole Complex fires in Eastern Montana.
(An audio recording of Congressman Gianforte's statement can be downloaded HERE.)