Rosebud Protective Association

Rosebud Protective Association along with ranchers from the Bull Mountains got together to form Northern Plains in 1972 because of concerns about expanding coal development. We organize in the Colstrip and Forsyth areas on coal issues, including addressing the leaking coal ash ponds at the Colstrip power plant.

Leaking Coal Ash Ponds

The coal ash storage ponds at the Colstrip Power Plant have been leaking for over 30 years! The seepage from the ponds has damaged surface and groundwater for home and landowners in the vicinity. We are working with state agencies and commenting on federal rules to address the problem.

Agriculture

Farming and ranching in southeast Montana has been a tradition for generations. We are working to ensure the land and water are protected so that we pass them on to future generations unimpaired.

Coal Seam Fires

Burning coal seams light off significant grass fires every summer in southeastern Montana, posing serious health risks and financial hardship to those who live nearby. Most landowners in the region don’t own the coal beneath their ranch but spend time and money fighting coal-seam fires every year. We are working with the private coal owners and government agencies to get an active monitoring and mitigation program going.

Leadership

Chair

Clint McRae

Treasurer

Kim McRae

Northern Plains Board Representative

Clint McRae

Community Organizer
UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS...

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Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables and Orchard

Soil Crawl – Dryland Vegetables..

Join us this summer on a Montana farm or ranch for a soil crawl! Come learn from innovative producers showcasing the practices and principles that help them generate healthy soil, resilient crops and animals, and good food!

07.09.22

Our Team

Michael Skinner

GNA Manager and Community Organizer

Jeanie Alderson, Birney

Past Chair

Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

Kris Glenn, Billings

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council

John Gayusky, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Joan Kresich, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Tom Heyneman, Fishtail

Affiliate Representatives- Stillwater Protective Association

Edward Barta, Billings

Vice-Chair & Affiliate Representatives - Stillwater Protective Association

Mic Smith, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

Norane Freistadt, Helena

Affiliate Representatives- Sleeping Giant Citizens Council

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