The Chamber was very excited to have two special guests at the April monthly meeting.
Alex Amonette with Sweet Grass Associates came to talk about
Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation.
The Citizens Climate Lobby is a volunteer nonpartisan group that gives citizens a voice in market-based climate solutions. A carbon fee is based on the carbon content of the fossil fuel and assessed at the source (i.e. the mine, the well). The carbon fees collected are then distributed to all households as a monthly dividend.
Barb Beck with Montana FWP came to talk about the
economic impact of big game hunting in Montana. Barb had a wealth of information and I think the statistics speak for themselves.
The big game hunting industry is responsible for 3,300 jobs throughout Montana and $324 million contributed to Montana's economy.
Annual expenditure by elk, deer, and antelope hunters in Sweet Grass County is $4,984,643.
Barb also talked about invasive mussels which were detected for the first time in Montana in October 2016. When we transport water in our boats we can spread destructive mussels and other aquatic invasive species. Make sure to clean, drain, & dry your boat.