Outdoor Life honors Tester for introducing Forest Jobs and Recreation Act
Senator among 25 ‘who have changed the face of hunting and fishing’
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Montana hunters and anglers who subscribe to Outdoor Life will see a familiar face in November’s issue.
The magazine has honored Senator Jon Tester as one of The Outdoor Life 25—an annual list of 25 “men and women who have changed the face of hunting and fishing.”
Outdoor Life included Tester for recently introducing the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.
Tester wrote the landmark legislation with input from Montana loggers, conservationists, hunters, anglers and motor sports enthusiasts who worked together to find common ground on a new plan for managing Montana’s forests.
“There’s something for everyone, but not enough for a single group to claim victory,” Outdoor Life writes. “The collaborative agreement is being eyed by conservationists across the nation as a model for resolving similarly intractable issues.”
The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act will create jobs and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through timber harvest and restoration activities in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Kootenai and Lolo National Forests. It will also create permanent recreation areas and safeguard some of Montana’s best hunting and fishing spots.
“Now, thanks to a U.S. senator with a flat-top haircut and a butcher’s build, hunters will be able to access these lands, watersheds will be preserved and unemployed loggers and mill workers will go back to work,” Outdoor Life writes.
Tester—who is vice chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus—introduced the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act in July, after holding several listening sessions in Montana to seek public input about the legislation.
More information about the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act is available online HERE.