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By Jack H. Smith

Our View: Our View: Senate bill a boon to state park


February 6, 2019

The Missouri Headwaters State Park in Three Forks is a popular destination for both locals and tourists.

A proposed bill in the Montana State Legislature would remove the park from the Primitive Parks Act which would allow for upgrades and be a boon for the site utilized by so many.

Senate Bill 70 would allow the state park to provide better connectivity to the trail system, the paving of campground access sites, electrical services options for individual campsites, and bike-in/canoe campsites.

While it is certainly important not to over develop the pristine 532-acre park, this bill is a step in the right direction for the future of the park. The bill allows for some much-needed improvements that cannot be done at this time because of the location is part of the Primitive Parks Act.

The Three Forks City Council recently adopted a resolution in support of the senate bill and Park Manager Dave Andrus has stated publicly there has been a lot of support locally for this bill to move forward during the 2019 session.

Throughout the summer season, the park is the host of a summer speaker series on Saturday evenings and there was discussion at a recent council meeting that the removal from the Primitive Parks act could allow for a pavilion to be built on the site. What a great idea to not only host the series, but for local residents and tourists to enjoy for other events.

Another great aspect of some updates at the park would be the additional people it could bring to Three Forks to visit local businesses and restaurants.


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