Ravalli Republic: Forest Jobs and Recreation Act: Tester has solution to end stalemate

The Jan. 28 guest column by Julia Altemus was refreshing in her call for Montanans to move beyond the gridlock that often characterizes debate about forest management. As she says, “Just as Montana is made up of many parts, we are wired to work together and to help each other.”

That’s why I join several conservation groups, hunting organizations, timber mills and loggers in supporting the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act sponsored in Congress by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. The organization that Altemus represents, the Montana Wood Products Association, has commended Tester for his efforts to reach an acceptable compromise between parties with different objectives on three of Montana’s national forests.