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Sep 27, 2021

Tester Secures More Than $1.3 Million in LWCF Funding for New State Park on Flathead Lake

$1.3 million will help Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks purchase 105 acres at Somers Beach

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he secured $1.3 million dollars to help Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) acquire 105.67 acres of land along the north shore of Flathead Lake called Somers Beach for the creation of a new state park. Tester also announced an additional $472,500 to help FWP clean up and renovate Westside Park in Missoula.

“Folks come to Western Montana from all across the world to enjoy our unique landscapes, and this is great news for our economy and for everyone who cares about our public lands,” Tester said. “I am proud to have helped secure this funding, 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 new state park at Somers Beach will sit on eastern edge of the town of Somers, Montana and will be administered by Montana FWP. The Westside Park project will include demolition of an outdated playground, basketball court, and asphalt walkways, and fund new construction including utility extension, a concrete playground pod, new playground toys, a multi-use paved court, new paved paths and landscape improvements.

Tester secured the funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which uses revenues from oil and gas leasing to fund conservation and recreation priorities across the nation. Tester pushed for full, permanent funding for the LWCF, and secured it by passing the Great American Outdoors Act, which funds the program at $900 million annually and allocated $9.5 billion to address maintenance backlogs on public lands across the United States.

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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