Montana Wilderness News: Editorials

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 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.

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.

Guest Editorial: Separating myth from fact in FJRA

Montana Standard
Jack Kirkley
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Shortly after Senator Jon Tester introduced his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act (FJRA), I got a call from a woman worried about Tester taking away her elderly friends' right to drive their pickup into the East Pioneer Mountains to enjoy summer picnics.

"Wait a minute," I replied. "Don't you and your friends understand

that wilderness only involves the wildest, most remote places where there are no roads?" I explained that the places where we drive on forest roads aren't roadless lands. They're not affected in any way by wilderness designations.

Guest opinion: Coalition built trust to create balanced forest bill

Billings Gazette
Robyn King, Gordy Sanders and Tom France
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Montana’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act again came close to passage last month. The bill aimed at creating jobs and improving forest management enjoys strong support in Montana and growing support in the U.S. Senate.

By talking, we learned that many things that people and groups want from the forest aren't mutually exclusive.

Tester's forest jobs bill would boost state industry

Billings Gazette
By Loren Rose
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

As timber mill owners and managers in Montana, we’re disappointed that the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, a bill to create jobs for loggers and mill workers, was prevented from passing in Congress last week. Hundreds of workers in our mills, along with hundreds of independent contractors and vendors we work with, all supporting hundreds of families and whole communities throughout Western Montana, are disappointed by congressional inaction on this bill.

Stalled land management finally moving forward thanks to Tester’s plan

The Missoulian
Guest column by Dale Bosworth
Friday, October 21, 2011

I served as Regional Forester for the Forest Service here in Montana and as the Chief of the Forest Service in Washington, D.C. Over the years, I have watched how the heavy traffic of opinion about public land management has grown more and more contentious, until our management processes resemble traffic jams. As so much comes to a halt, our forests suffer.

More recently however, I've found cause for encouragement in the local community partnerships on three national forests in Montana, partnerships that laid the groundwork for Sen. Jon Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.

Guest column: Tester's forest jobs bill good fit for Montana

Bozeman Chronicle
Chris Naumann, guest columnist
Wednesday, June 1, 2011


As the 112th Congress convened, Sen. Jon Tester reintroduced the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act as Senate Bill 268. The bill was first introduced in July 2009. Sen. Tester has dedicated nearly two years crafting a piece of legislation emphasizing forest restoration, job creation, enhanced recreation and wilderness designation. Through unprecedented public involvement, repeated revisions and transparency, Tester has delivered a bill to Washington that embodies Montana's traditional land values and current need for healthy forests.

Forest Jobs Restoration Act: Tester bill builds on local vision

The Missoulian
Daphne Herling
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bravo to the members of the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project whose op-ed recently appeared in the Missoulian (April 28). Key to their success has been the inclusive nature of developing the agreed-upon management approach.

However, the authors encourage passage of Sen. Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act to build upon and complete the work they have begun. Until the iconic landscapes are permanently protected for wildlife habitat and as sources of clean water, the work isn't yet done.

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