The conservation, preservation, and restoration (CPR) of our nationís
wetlands has become a national priority that is well represented in the
Clark Fork watershed. Government
agencies, non-profit organizations, and individual land-owners have taken
up the cause and have had some significant successes.
Large-scale projects such as the restoration of many wetlands in
the Blackfoot River
Basin have received national attention.
Countless smaller project go largely unnoticed except by flourishing
wildlife and proud land-owners.
Like all Montana wetlands, the wetlands of the Clark Fork
Basin are protected by the Montana State Constitution, by local citizens and by
their public servants using local, state and federal laws.
Most of these laws protect wetlands, streams and lakes by
1. government agencies carefully review and plan their actions
so as to protect and restore watersheds, or
2. private landowners obtain permits before taking actions
that could affect wetlands, streams and lakes. These
permits require that landowners consult with government
resource scientists and design their actions so as to
minimize impacts to wetlands, streams and lakes.
Check out these websites to learn more about
wetland protection Laws