Jon knows that outdoor recreation is more than a hobby in Montana—it's a way of life.
It's also 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.
That's why Jon is fighting to keep public lands in public hands. Recently, there have been attempts, at both the local and national levels, to transfer public lands to individual states that can't afford to manage them, which leads to states selling off those lands to the highest bidder. Jon believes this will cut off access for thousands of Montanans to their favorite hunting, hiking or fishing spots.
Jon has introduced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, a made-in-Montana bill that will protect thousands of acres of public land, ensure future generations can access outdoor recreational opportunities, and strengthen Montana's outdoor economy. He has also pushed Congress to permanently reauthorize and fully-fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which helps increase public access to public lands.
Jon is also working hard to protect iconic landscapes for future generations, including introducing the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act to protect the doorstep of the nation's first National Park from industrial mining. He successfully passed the bipartisan Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act and the North Fork Protection Act, which ensure these treasured places can be enjoyed for future generations.
June 19, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement applauding USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement that—after significant pushback from …
June 18, 2019| View More
Doubling Down on Effort to Save Montana Job Corps, Tester Pushes to Attach Closure Prevention Bill to Must-Pass Defense Legislation
After introducing legislation to stop the closure or transfer of Montana's Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is doubling down on his effort to save these critical job training programs by pushing to include his legislation in the Senate's must-pass annual defense bill. Tester filed his Job …
June 13, 2019| View More
As Bernhardt Visits Montana, Tester Escalates Efforts to Protect Badger-Two Medicine with Senate Resolution
Escalating his efforts to protect the sacred Badger Two-Medicine area, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today introduced a resolution on the floor of the U.S. Senate calling on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the Trump Administration to reverse course and honor their commitment to the Blackfeet Tribe.
June 7, 2019| View More
(Bonner, Mont.) - Standing just yards from the Big Blackfoot River, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he …
May 22, 2019| View More
(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today defended Montana hunters and anglers by holding the Trump Administration accountable for proposing massive cuts to the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).