Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Tester talks public lands at panels in Bozeman

Sen. Jon Tester came to Bozeman Friday morning to talk with folks about how they use public land and how management of that land could be improved.

Funding to maintain public land and manage federal and state forest properties is facing “extreme cuts” in the next few months as Congress works to tighten the national budget, Tester said.

Roughly 75 people showed up to the Emerson Cultural Center auditorium to listen to two panels of businesspeople from the outdoor industry and public land agency officials and share their thoughts with Tester.

Panelists bounced from how to incentivize good stewardship for ranchers and the need for proper land management to speculating why outdoor recreation companies are thriving in the poor economy.

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