Tester preserves wetlands, access for hunters and anglers

Senator sponsors bipartisan measure to create jobs, support Montana’s hunters and anglers

(MISSOULA, Mont.) – Senator Jon Tester is backing a bipartisan effort to protect Montana’s wetlands to maintain hunting and fishing areas for Montana sportsmen and women.

Tester is cosponsoring a bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, which protects and manages wetlands used by migratory birds and other wildlife.  The voluntary initiative partners with groups at the state and local level, who match its funding.  The initiative has protected nearly 30 million acres over the past 20 years. 

Tester, Chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, said that properly managing Montana’s wetlands will preserve access for hunters and anglers and support the state’s outdoor industry.

“Montana’s wetlands are filled with game birds, fish, and other wildlife, and are some of Montana’s most treasured places,” Tester said.  “Taking care of our lands will support and protect our outdoor heritage and economy.”

Montana’s outdoor industry contributes over $2.5 billion to Montana’s economy each year.

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act is a land-owner friendly initiative that uses incentives to protect lands used by migratory birds like ducks.  The bipartisan initiative, established in 1990, was unanimously reauthorized in 2006. 

Tester’s bipartisan bill is supported by Ducks Unlimited, the NRA, the Congressional Sportsman’s Caucus, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Boone and Crockett Club.  It is available online HERE.