Aug 6, 2013 1:09 PM by Chet Layman (Bozeman)
U.S. Senator Max Baucus and about 30 other people took to the waters of the Madison River on Monday.
Some of those who drifted along give some credit for the ability to take to the river to Baucus.
Baucus says he hopes to secure full funding for the Land & Water Conservation Fund before he retires next year.
Chas Vangenderen of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks aid, "These land and water conservation act monies, through the state of Montana, have put $37 million dollars on the ground and those were all matched dollar-for-dollar. As we look at Land and Water Conservation Fund Act we should be looking at reauthorization. It's a 50-year old act that's built a legacy and that legacy needs to continue as we look forward."
Baucus said, "For our kids and our grandkids, that's why we're doing all this, that's what really drives us. Sure we love to fish, sure we love to float, but really we're hear to make sure the next generations enjoy Montana as much if not more than we do."