Protect Public Lands and Montana’s Economy

Washington’s proposed budget for 2018 cuts approximately $880 million from the U.S Forest Service. This loss of funding poses a threat to our public lands. It could mean closing off trails, shuttering visitor centers, and insufficient staffing. But the problem runs deeper. Drastic cuts make it difficult for us keep public lands accessible to campers,…

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NBC Montana: Tester bill would hold VA staff, supervisors accountable

MISSOULA, Mont. – We’ve been reporting for over a year about the state of veterans’ health care in Montana. Now a new bill in the U.S. Senate may bring more help for veterans. The bipartisan measure, presented by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), is called the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act. In April President…

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Missoulian: Tester showing leadership on lands

Some politicians like to talk about improving forest management, but few actually try to do anything about it. Frankly, it appears that some want gridlock to continue so they can keep scoring political points. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is different and so is his bill, the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. This bill would support forest…

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Tester lauded for standing up for YNP

Montana Sen. Jon Tester is commended for proposing a permanent ban on new mining claims on public land near Yellowstone National Park. If passed, the measure would prohibit claims on two pieces of Forest Service land in Paradise Valley south of Livingston. This proposed ban recognizes the special nature of Yellowstone Park and the surrounding…

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