Supporters Hail Passage of North Fork Bill as Conservation Milestone

Flathead Beacon

by Tristan Scott

WEST GLACIER – Flanked by a peak-studded view of Glacier National Park’s western boundary, U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh visited the historic Belton Chalet Dec. 19 to celebrate the recent passage of the North Fork Watershed Protection Act.

Dozens of local supporters attended the event, and an eclectic group of stakeholders hailed the measure’s success as a landmark in conservation history, thanking the senators for their heavy-lift in the waning days of a divided Congress’ lame-duck session.

President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law Friday afternoon.

Included in the mix of attendees were members of conservation groups, the timber industry, city and business leaders, and politicians from both sides of the aisle.

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