Washington, D.C. – A bill to honor the life of a Montana conservationist today made another step toward being enacted, passing the House Natural Resources Committee.
Sponsored by Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester, the legislation would name an unnamed 9,765-foot peak the “Alex Diekmann Peak.” The peak is on the western boundary of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Montana.
“Alex Diekmann was responsible for 55 projects that now protect over 100,000 acres, including many of the most iconic landscapes of the Northern Rockies,” Gianforte, a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, said. “Naming the peak after Alex is a tribute to a man who united people to protect our public lands. Alex embodied the spirit of working together that defines Montana.”
“Alex Diekmann’s contributions to Montana’s public lands will have a lasting impact on our state and now his name will be forever remembered,” said Daines, who sponsored the legislation. “I look forward to hiking the peak in his honor.”
“We are one step closer to getting this bill on the President’s desk and naming a wild mountain peak after a Montana outdoor champion,” Tester said. “Alex Diekmann represented the very best of Montana and this bill will guarantee his lasting legacy for generations to come.”
The next step for the Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act of 2017 is consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Text of the bill may be found here.