I am writing today to express that we all need to push for the passing of Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act (see “etc.,” March 11, 2010). As a Montanan I feel it is important to preserve our way of life that we have become so accustomed to and grateful for. This bill would help to maintain many benefits of our residence here in Montana, and create new jobs that we so desperately need in our state. Tester sees that light-on-the-land stewardship logging would help to preserve our forests from beetle kill and help prevent disastrous forest fires from harming our communities. It would also allow continued maintenance of campgrounds and trails so Montanans could enjoy the wilderness without impacting its wildlife and natural beauty.
This bill would ensure not only our natural beauty that we so treasure here in Montana, but also put people to work in the timber industry while protecting our watersheds and big game habitat. Tester’s bill is supported by hunters, anglers, loggers, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. It not only protects the forests that we value, but protects the rights of Montanans to enjoy them.
I welcome the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service’s willingness to work with local citizens to help manage our public lands and I look forward to passing the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and getting to work protecting and preserving Montana’s way of life.