The Smith River Needs Your Help

Smith River, Montana | Pat Clayton

For Montanans and anyone else who has experienced it, few rivers stir the soul like the Smith. Carving its way through a spectacular 60-mile-long limestone canyon between the Big Belt and Little Belt Mountains, the Smith offers amazing scenery, epic trout fishing, and some of the best riverside camping anywhere.

However, an Australian mining company, Sandfire Resources America (formerly Tintina Resources, Inc.), wants to build an underground copper mine in the Smith River’s headwaters. If built, the mine threatens to pollute the Smith River with heavy metals and acid mine drainage. It could also dewater Sheep Creek, the Smith River’s most important trout spawning tributary.

The worst part is this mine is just the tip of the iceberg. Sandfire has told investors they want to turn this area into a 50-year industrial mining district. We cannot let that happen.

Please join us in the fight to defend the Smith from this proposed mine. Sign this petition, and we will alert you when the time is right to weigh in on this dangerous mining proposal.