Rosebud Protective Association

One of the founding affiliates of Northern Plains, Rosebud Protective Association organizes in the Colstrip and Forsyth areas on coal issues to protect the water and agricultural viability of Rosebud County.

Issues We Work On

Colstrip Ash Pond Cleanup

The ash ponds associated with the Colstrip power plant have been leaking since their inception. We are working to ensure there is effective cleanup, which is necessary to protect the permanent health and well-being of the surrounding community members, businesses, and the environment. The aquifers that are impacted by the Colstrip Units 1&2 and Units 3&4 coal ash ponds support the springs, wells, and creeks that make agricultural livelihoods in this area possible. These water sources are irreplaceable.


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.

History and Accomplishments

Our members have been instrumental in the following accomplishments:

  • 1972 & 1975: Shaping and passing Montana’s landmark environmental laws.
  • 1977-2016: Winning an outright dismissal of the construction permit for the Tongue River Railroad, a major coal infrastructure project. A diverse campaign, dogged persistence, and effective strategy won this 38-year campaign in April 2016.
  • 2020: Played a key role in a ruling by the Department of Environmental Quality to fully excavate the leaking ash ponds associated with Colstrip Power Plant Units 1 & 2, and move the ash to a new, lined landfill that is separated from groundwater.
  • 2010-2021: Played a major role in the struggle to stop six massive coal ports from being developed, bringing the voice of Montana into an otherwise Washington state-centric fight.



Clint McRae


Kim McRae

Northern Plains Board Representative

Clint McRae

Community Organizer

Check out these upcoming events in your area!​

Digging Deeper: Cultivating Lessons Learned and New Ideas in Soil Health

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Join Northern Plains Resource Council for Digging Deeper: Cultivating Lessons Learned and New Ideas in Soil Health. At this event, we’ll look back over the last seven years of soil crawls, and dig into a conversation on the future of Montana’s soil health.

Thursday, December 15th from 5pm-7pm

Our Team

Jackson Newman

Community Organizer

Effy McEldowney

Grassroots Fundraising Coordinator

Michael Skinner

GNA Manager and Community Organizer

Jeanie Alderson, Birney

Past Chair

Emma Kerr-Carpenter, Billings

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Kris Glenn, Billings

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John Gayusky, Livingston

Affiliate Representatives- Yellowstone Bend Citizens Council

Joan Kresich, Livingston

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Tom Heyneman, Fishtail

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Edward Barta, Billings

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