Tester: LWCF an investment in jobs through access to hunting, fishing
(U.S. SENATE) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, today released the following statement after the introduction of the Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act of 2011:
“Hunters and anglers tell me every day that their top priority for Montana is ensuring public access to public land. It creates jobs and protects our proud outdoor traditions for future generations. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a popular, smart investment in the future of our land, our clean water, and our kids and grandkids who will grow up enjoying the same outdoor opportunities we all love in Montana.”
The initiative is a top priority for Montana sportsmen. Tester noted that hunting alone is a $1 billion-per-year industry in Montana.
Tester, a cosponsor of the legislation, said the Land and Water Conservation Fund is a top priority of Montana sportsmen because it improves access to prized hunting and fishing areas and also preserves ranchland through conservation easements.
Tester also included language in the legislation setting aside 1.5% of the fund to open up public lands for hunting and fishing.
The Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act is available on Tester’s website, HERE.