As a neighbor to the Smith River, we thought you might be interested to know that the Meagher County Stewardship Council (MCSC) is meeting this Wednesday, May 4 at 6pm, and the hybrid in-person and Zoom meetings are open to the public.
The MCSC bills itself as "a stakeholder group looking to bring community leaders together around the impending development of the Black Butte Copper Project. Since that time, the Council has been working with Tintina Montana to address potential impacts of the mine and to ensure that Meagher County secures lasting benefits from the project." The MCSC receives the vast majority of its funding from Sandfire Resources.
For years, MEIC, our members, and many people who love the Smith have been closely tracking the proposed mine at the headwaters of the Smith on Sheep Creek. In the last year, it appears that the mining company has staked significantly more claims that will impact Sheep Creek and, ultimately, the Smith. You can see a map on MCSC's website here.
These meetings occur each month and are an opportunity for community members to engage in the process that could determine the health of the Smith River and the entire region for generations. Please consider attending to show up for the Smith and for the health of one of Montana's favorite rivers.