Jon knows that in Montana outdoor recreation is more than a hobby—it's a way of life. Because Montana boasts some of the most beautiful views of National Parks, rivers, streams, and wildlife the country has to offer, Montanans know how important it is to protect public lands.
Outdoor recreation is one of Montana's biggest and fastest growing industries. In fact, hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping generate more than $7 billion and sustain 71,000 jobs across the state each year.
Jon is fighting to keep public lands in public hands. In January 2019, Jon’s bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was signed into law. Funded through offshore oil and gas development revenue, LWCF has invested more than $540 million to support Montana’s outdoor economy since 1965—all without costing the taxpayers a dime. Jon continues pushing to ensure that LWCF is fully, permanently funded for generations to come.
In a collaborative effort between Montana ranchers, loggers, mountain bikers, snowmobilers, and business owners, Jon also crafted and introduced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. This made-in-Montana bill protects thousands of acres of public land, ensures future generations can access outdoor recreational opportunities, and strengthens Montana's outdoor economy. The bill received a hearing last Congress and continues to pick up momentum.
Jon is working hard to protect Montana’s iconic landscapes for future generations. His bipartisan Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act was signed into law, protecting the doorstep of the nation’s first National Park and 30,000 acres of public land from industrial mining. He successfully led the bipartisan Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and the North Fork Protection Act, which ensure these treasured places can be enjoyed for future generations.
July 27, 2021| View More
On Senate Floor, Tester Urges Swift Confirmation for Tracy Stone-Manning to Lead Bureau of Land Management
Ahead of a crucial procedural vote, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today took to the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to quickly confirm Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Land Management.
July 22, 2021| View More
Tester Statement on Senate Committee Vote on Tracy Stone-Manning’s Nomination to Lead the Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination to run the Bureau of Land Management advanced out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee following a 10-10 vote:
June 24, 2021| View More
To Protect 377 Miles of Rivers in Southwestern Montana, Tester Reintroduces Montana Headwaters Legacy Act
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today re-introduced his Montana Headwaters Legacy Act, legislation that will protect 377 miles of rivers in the Custer-Gallatin and Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forests—the most significant wild and scenic designation in nearly 45 years.
June 24, 2021| View More
After a meeting at the White House with President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of 10 Senators, …
June 23, 2021| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced this week that Missoula’s Mountain Line public transit system will be receiving $3.6 million in U.S. Department of Transportation funding as a part of its Low and No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle Grant Program which supports the purchasing or leasing of low—or no—emission buses and other …