Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tester bill vetted online

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 11:20 AM

A coalition of conservation organizations launched a new website today dedicated to detailed analysis of Sen. Jon Tester's proposed Forest Jobs and Recreation Act. At first glance, there's some pretty interesting stuff on the site, including how Tester's mandated logging stacks up with historical logging numbers (not well) and a line-by-line look at the bill.

Who's in this coalition? The site says it includes

small-business owners, scientists, educators and teachers, health care practitioners, hikers and backpackers, hunters and anglers, wildlife viewers, outfitters and guides, veterans, retired Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management officials, ranchers and farmers, craftspersons, and community leaders — all stakeholders committed to America’s public wildlands legacy.

We heard about it from outspoken critic and WildWest Institute founder Matthew Koehler, who, surely to Tester's dismay, will be among those testifying about the bill in front of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on Dec. 17. Koehler provided us the following list, then added "the coalition is growing by the hour...literally."

Alliance for the Wild Rockies (Montana)
Big Wild Advocates (Montana)
Buffalo Field Campaign (Montana)
Conservation Congress (Montana)
Deerlodge Forest Defense Fund (Montana)
Friends of the Bitterroot (Montana)
Swan View Coalition (Montana)
Western Watersheds Project (Montana)
Wilderness Watch (Montana)
WildWest Institute (Montana)

Allegheny Defense Project
Clearwater Biodiversity Project
Green Press Initiative
Friends of the Breitenbush Cascades
Friends of the Clearwater
Native Forest Council
Protect Arkansas Wilderness!
RESTORE the North Woods
Umpqua Watersheds
WildEarth Guardians

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