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Jun 9, 2022   |  

KLYQ: Montana’s Great Outdoors Get Funding

By: Steve Fullerton

Taking care of the Great Outdoors got a financial boost from Congress recently. Montana Senator Jon Tester announced millions of dollars from the Great American Outdoors Act and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that includes over $46 million for Montana.

The Land and Water Conservation was developed to conserve irreplaceable lands, partnering with other federal, state and local groups. Over the past years, among the countless projects from the LWCF, funding has helped the Painted Rocks State Park at the south end of the Bitterroot Valley, work on the Beaverhead River, and the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site.

The LWCF will provide $30 million for the Montana Great Outdoor Conservation Project and for some land expansion of the Lolo National Forest. There's another $16 million, also from the Great American Outdoors Act, for the Northern Region of the U.S.Forest Service and seven National Forests in Montana to clear up a backlog of deferred maintenance.

The Northern Region of the Forest Service will get $150,000. The Montana forests in the region will receive:

  • Bitterroot National Forest - $2,700,000.
  • Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest - $15,000
  • Custer Gallatin National Forest - $1,415,000
  • Flathead National Forest - $1,845,000
  • Helena Lewis and Clark National Forest - $3,380,000
  • Kootenai National Forest - $1,515,000
  • Lolo National Forest - $4,615,000

Senator Tester said in a news release, "Montana's public lands power our $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy here in the Treasure State, supporting good-paying jobs and our way of life...We inherited these natural treasures from the folks that came before us, and these resources will help make sure they're still around for our kids and grandkids."

https://klyq.com/montana-national-forests-funding/

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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