Missoulian: Keep Legacy Roads and Trails funded

For some time now papers and news stations across Montana have been filled with dramatic pictures of severe flooding tragically affecting people’s lives and property. We’ve seen highways, even parts of Interstate 90, close due to melting snow, rain and the resulting high stream flows. The Forest Service even closed several campgrounds and roads ahead of Memorial Day, dampening many holiday plans.

While people continue to nervously watch streams and their property, others are wondering how they will clean up the mess left behind. The task is overwhelming for some homeowners, especially those with streamside property. For public officials in charge of millions of acres and thousands of miles of roads, fixing flood-damaged areas is equally daunting, especially since the Forest Service is facing the worst spring melts in more than a decade.

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