Cottonwood Resource Council

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About Us

For 25 years, Cottonwood Resource Council (CRC) members have been working to safeguard Sweet Grass County’s high quality of life for future generations.

We encourage cooperation among neighbors by:

  • Involving Sweet Grass County citizens in local issues impacting our environment;
  • Educating ourselves and others about responsible resource development;
  • Monitoring industry’s extraction practices;
  • Encouraging an informed citizenry through reliable and timely information about resource issues important to the community;
  • Inviting participation in monitoring events at the Stillwater Mine;
  • Responding to potential natural gas development.

By joining you can:

  • Participate in water sampling and other activities to help us ensure we meet our responsibilities under the Good Neighbor Agreement;
  • Help us identify and work on issues of concern in our community;
  • Receive reliable and timely information through newsletters, e-mail alerts, factsheets, reports, and more;
  • Help assure the continuing success of the Good Neighbor Agreement;
  • Join us in Helena during the Montana Legislature to advocate for legislation that protects our clean air and water, supports family farms and ranches, and encourages responsible development.

    Good Neighbor Agreement



Cottonwood Resource Council meets the first Thursday of every other month in Big Timber. We have a yearly summer picnic sometime between June and August and an annual meeting in December.

Please visit our events calendar for all Northern Plains and local groups (affiliates) events and meetings.


Cottonwood Resource Council was founded in 1988 by citizens concerned about the impending impact of hard-rock mining (including the East Boulder Mine) and other large-scale development in Sweet Grass County.

Our past achievements include:

  • The ground-breaking Good Neighbor Agreement with Stillwater Mining Company;
  • Participation in defending the Hard Rock Mining Impact Act against efforts to weaken it so that local communities will not bear the costs of sudden growth from new mines;
  • Keeping the community informed about East Boulder Mine issues through articles, panel discussions, and public forums;
  • Protecting water quality in Sweet Grass County;
  • Participation in efforts to reform the 1872 Mining Law, with several members going to Washington, D.C. to testify in the past;
  • Worked on better regional planning, including promoting the idea of hiring a county planner; held informational public presentations on examinations of our master plan; worked tirelessly on the master plan;
  • Served as watchdog on the local Lodestar Gold mine and worked with government agencies to hold the mine and mill site accountable to existing laws.

220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154