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FJRA will benefit Montana’s businesses, economy

Independent Record
Dan Vermillion
Sunday, July 28, 2013

As Montanans, we all have a lot to gain from better stewardship of our national forests. We depend on our public lands for jobs, clean water, and outdoor recreation. More and more, however, it becomes more evident that few stand to benefit as much as business owners, even those whose businesses aren't tied to public lands in any obvious way. As a business owner, I see our unique outdoor heritage as Montana's competitive economic advantage.

Montana businesses rally behind Tester forest bill

Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Laura Lundquist
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The passage of wilderness-related legislation is always a lengthy process requiring multiple tries.

Now, thanks to an early hearing and growing business support, the third attempt may be the charm for Sen. Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.

In anticipation of a July 30 Senate committee hearing on the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, Business for Montana's Outdoors, which represents 60 business owners from 20 Montana towns, sent a letter Tuesday encouraging Montana's three congressmen to work together to pass the bill before the year's end.

Congress: Daines should continue cooperation

Allison Linville
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Congressman Steve Daines,

I would like to thank you for your support of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act. As a Flathead Valley resident, I am encouraged by your bipartisan support of a bill that protects wildlife and our outdoor oriented way of life. This shows me that you are committed to acting in the best interest of Montanans.

Montana delegation must work together

Missoulian Editorial
Sunday, November 18, 2012

It's not exactly a match made in heaven, but a match made by the Montana electorate.

The state's congressional delegation, when Congress reconvenes in the new year, will consist of U.S. Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, Democrats who have both served in their respective posts for several years now, and newly elected Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Daines.

Community Round Table: 70,000 hunters can't be wrong

Great Falls Tribune
Keith Gebo
Monday, October 22, 2012

While politicians are busy reminding us at every opportunity that it's election season, it's important that Montanans across the state take a moment to remind candidates that we're also in the middle of a different season: hunting season. And if there's one message that hunters need to send to candidates for office, it's that good wildlife habitat equals good hunting.

Tester gets Montana Forest Jobs Act in Senate appropriations bill

Kim Briggeman
Saturday, October 13, 2012

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester announced the inclusion of his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act in a Senate appropriations bill at a rally Friday on the University of Montana campus.

"If you join me, we'll be able to get it across the finish line," Tester told some 100 supporters from UM and the woods and sawmills of western Montana.

Tester said after a number of conversations he had with Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island who chairs the Senate Interior Appropriations Committee, Reed "understands how important this bill is to our national forests."

Act will boost fire preparation

The Montana Standard
By Gordy Sanders, Frank Maradeo and Jim Stone
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The dog days of summer may be behind us, but the remnants of the recent fire season remind us once again that it pays dividends to be better prepared.
In Montana’s Blackfoot and Clearwater valleys, we've learned the hard way that it's better to be ahead of the curve than behind it. That's why we've been using smart investments from a federal program to reduce more and more hazardous fuel loads every year in our forests.

Forest Jobs Act best way to protect Mont.’s wild places

Bob Bayley
Thursday, September 13, 2012

There is a wonderful place in the extreme southwest corner of Montana. It's a mountain range critical to wildlife migration, and it harbors the absolute headwaters of the Missouri River, one of the state's mighty blue-ribbon trout streams.

The Centennial Mountains and its highest point, Mount Jefferson, are one of Montana's most rugged landscapes. This rare east-west range has nearly 100,000 roadless acres and supports healthy populations of mule deer, elk, moose, and bear. That's why most Montanans agree it should stay that way.

Despite sluggish economy, hunting expenditures grow

Great Falls Tribune
By Erin Madison
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Over the past six years, hunting expenditures for big game, particularly elk, in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge have been on the rise despite the slow economy, according to data compiled by the Montana Forests Coalition, a partnership of business owners, loggers, sportsmen and conservationists.
Six years of data from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks shows in 2006 sportsmen hunting big game in hunting districts on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge spent $26.3 million in direct expenditures.

Forest jobs bill: Act harks back to Scapegoat

Jamie Seguino
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I appreciate the Missoulian's description of the creation of the Scapegoat Wilderness ("Celebrating Scapegoat Wilderness," Aug. 19). The editorial rightfully celebrates wilderness protection for places in Montana special to so many Montanans. With Scapegoat, we can especially appreciate how it came into existence - through a grassroots process, which established a lasting legacy using consensus, compromise, and cooperation.

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