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Jul 15, 2020

Tester Statement on Deal to Protect Public Access to Nearly 200,000 Acres of Forest Lands in Montana

Following news of a deal between the Trust for Public Land, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Southern Pines Plantation to set up a conservation easement on nearly 200,000 acres of land formerly belonging to Weyerhaeuser, U.S. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement:

“Montana’s landscapes are the envy of the world, and today’s announcement is great news for our economy and our state. I’m grateful to all the folks who played a role in making this happen, and I look forward to continuing our work to ensure these lands – and the outdoor recreation economy that depends on them – will remain open to the public for generations to come.

The deal will utilize funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is on the cusp of receiving full, permanent funding thanks to Tester’s Great American Outdoors Act—currently awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives. Tester has been a supporter of full, mandatory funding for LWCF since his arrival in the Senate.

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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