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Mar 23, 2021

Tester Statement on the Protection of Public Access for Northwest Montana Conservation Area

Senator: Lost Trail Conservation Area “will provide an opportunity for Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars to be put to work right here in Montana”

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today praised the approval of a new conservation area in Northwest Montana that will protect access to key recreation areas and provide opportunities for sustainable timber harvest:

“Public access is a key driver of the economy in Northwest Montana and is critical to our state’s outdoor heritage. It’s good news that conservation easements will be made available to private landowners through the Lost Trail Conservation Area, which will provide an opportunity for Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars to be put to work right here in Montana, and this project will help protect access to prime forest lands, create jobs, and ensure folks can continue enjoying this one-of-a-kind landscape for generations to come.”

Located west of Kalispell, permanent easements on up to 100,000 acres within the Lost Trail Conservation Area will also preserve critical wildlife habitat for elk and mule deer, as well as public access for hunting, fishing, hiking, and biking, and allow for sustainable commercial timber harvests.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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