By Amanda Eggert
Montana Free Press 

SCOTUS wetlands rollback through a development lens


Last updated 6/20/2023 at 3:42pm

Amanda Eggert

Bozeman residents Ralph Wiegmann and Suzanne Truman frequently visit wetlands near their home in the northeast Bozeman area. On a given outing, they'll spot or hear the calls of cedar waxwings, gold finch, grackle, herons and other birds at the Indreland Audubon Wetland Preserve, which was established by the Sacajawea Audubon Society in response to development-related wetlands loss in Gallatin County.

BOZEMAN - On a recent rainy June day, Leanne Roulson pointed out features of a soggy area just inside the Bozeman city limits suggestive of a wetland. Cattails poked out from several inches of standing water. A dense clump of willows sheltered songbirds, which trilled from their dripping perches. 

If she wanted to, Roulson, a former president of the American Fisheries Society trained in botany...

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