Senator Tester continues to display leadership and integrity in his work on behalf of Montanans who have united to find common ground for: wilderness, recreation, timber, and restoration.
I urge Montanan's to support his efforts.
wilderness, recreation, timber, and restoration.
As evidence of how the status quo is not working, drive from Butte over Elk Park through Basin and Boulder north to Helana and west over McDonald Pass and observe the condition of the USFS lands. Climb Torrey Peak in the Pioneers or the Elkhorn Peak and take a look at how the beatle epedimic has spread from the lodgepole in the valley floors into the magnificant White Bark stands at high elevations.
Talk with private land owners, USFS managers and folks who make a living in the woods about how the decline of the Montana's woods product industry is preventing them from effectively managing their lands. Take note of how encroachment from motorized recreation is making it increasingly difficult to set aside Montana lands as Wilderness.
We can do better with public lands management in Montana and at the same time provide jobs. A healthy wood products industry working in partnership with conservationists and the USFS is a vision worth supporting. I am encouraged that Senator Tester is demonstrating the leadership to work with the Dept of Agricuture and the Montana collaborative groups who want to find positive ways to lead us forward.
Now is the time to move forward with the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.
Jonathan, I appreciate your letter and concern for wilderness, especially in areas that you have spent time and are familiar with such as the Pioneers. I also understand your concern about a mandated acreage to be treated. I agree that mandating acreage for treatment is not a perfect solution. From my perspective, this part of the legislation is an attempt to correct failings of our current forest management situation. The USFS has been unable to successfully manage forest lands, especially the Beaverhead Deerlodge near where I was born and raised.
By claiming that we should not take away the USFS's management is to argue that this failing system should be perpeturated into the future. The exact need for this legislation it the fact that we need new creative solutions to public lands management. While opponents of this bill don't agree with Senator Tester's approach, they are the same folks who have long argued in the courts and in the pubic opinion arena, that that the USFS is mismanaging public lands.
Now is the time to protect Montana wilderness and work on creative solutions to managing Montana's public lands and protecting Jobs in Montana's wood product industry.
I support Senator Tester in his work on this bill.
I appreciate Sen. Jon Tester’s hard work to secure the support of the FJRA from a diverse group of interests including, most recently, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Responsible management of USFS lands can be achieved in a way that creates Montana jobs, improves forest health, and protects wildlands. As Chris points, Montana's lumber mills are part of the equation that allow forestry operations and restoration work to be accomplished on our federal lands.
Senator Tester, while listening to all sides and taking the best ideas and moving forward, is to be commended for his leadership in promoting forest industry Jobs while protecting Montana's most precious wildlands.
Mark Porter and the Big Sky Bistro... One of the coolest inventions every.. especially for us backpackers who couldn't enjoy a decent cup of coffee in the wilderness back in the day.
As for Mark I can claim " I knew him when....." Fond memories of talking with Mark (my neighbor then) and watching his excitement and following ups and downs of going to market.
Congratulations Mark and best wishes with Campus Drive... you have true entrepreneurial spirit...
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