Yellowstone Mining

The Yellowstone River is shown in Montana’s Paradise Valley with Emigrant Peak in the background near Pray in 2016. A massive public lands package including a ban on new mining claims north of Yellowstone and the renewal of a popular conservation fund has now become law.

Let the news come to you

Get any of our free daily email newsletters — news headlines, opinion, e-edition, obituaries and more.

Support Local Journalism

If you value these stories, please consider subscribing.

A massive public lands package including a ban on new mining claims north of Yellowstone and the renewal of a popular conservation fund has now become law.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed S. 47, a broad legislative package including land designations and more affecting areas across the country. It sailed through the House and Senate with lopsided votes in its favor.

The bill includes two pieces that Montana’s congressional delegation pushed for — the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, which would bar new mining claims on 30,000 acres of public land north of Yellowstone National Park, and the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


Let the news come to you

Get any of our free daily email newsletters — news headlines, opinion, e-edition, obituaries and more.

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Support quality local journalism. Become a subscriber.

Subscribers get full, survey-free access to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle's award-winning coverage both on our website and in our e-edition, a digital replica of the print edition.