Tester makes Forest Jobs Bill presentation available online

Senator invites Montanans who missed public sessions to learn about the bill

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Montanans unable to attend Senator Jon Tester’s recent open-houses to learn about his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act can now watch the entire presentation online.

Since introducing the legislation in July, Tester held six public open-houses to discuss the bill.

Tester’s presentation describes how the bill was shaped with input from Montanans, and details how the bill will create jobs and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

The video presentation is available online HERE.

“This is a made-in-Montana plan that continues to gain steam as more Montanans learn about it,” Tester said.  “The more folks who get behind this effort, the closer we get to putting folks back to work in the woods, safeguarding our outdoor areas and creating new recreation opportunities.”

A Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee will hold a hearing on the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act this Thursday, December 17.

Senators will hear testimony from several Montanans during the hearing about what the bill does and why it should pass. 

The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act creates jobs and reduces the risk of catastrophic wildfire by requiring at least 100,000 acres of timber harvest in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Kootenai National Forests over 10 years.  It also creates six recreation areas, safeguards hunting and fishing areas and releases 76,000 acres of land currently managed as wilderness.

Tester wrote the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act with input from loggers, conservationists, hunters, anglers and motor sports enthusiasts.

More information about the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act is available online HERE.