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Oct 2, 2018

Tester's Bill to Protect Yellowstone's Doorstep Clears Senate Committee

Senator's Bill Will Preserve Yellowstone Gateway and Montana's Outdoor Economy

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester's bill to permanently protect Montana's iconic Paradise Valley from hardrock gold mining cleared a major hurdle Tuesday.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed Tester's Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act permanently withdrawing mineral rights on 30,000 acres of federal public land north of Yellowstone National Park. The bill passed on a unanimous vote.

"Some places are more precious than gold," said Tester, the only senator in the delegation to sponsor the bill. "My bill will ensure outdoor recreation businesses can continue to thrive in the region, and will protect one of our nation's greatest treasures for generations to come."

The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act preserves land on the Custer Gallatin National Forest adjacent to the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, and eliminates the ability for proposed mines to expand onto unclaimed public land.

Tester's bill is supported by dozens of groups and businesses in the Yellowstone region that rely on the area for their business. Yellowstone National Park visitors spent an average of $196 million in Park County in 2014 that helped create and sustain nearly 3,000 jobs.

Tester testified before the committee on behalf of his bill last July, and has been fighting to protect the Yellowstone Gateway for the past three years.

Last week, the House Natural Resources Committee passed companion legislation on a 28-4 vote.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, 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

Glendive

122 W Towne
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
Fax: (406) 365-8836

Great Falls

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

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
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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