The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, which was introduced by Sen. Jon Tester in July, had a committee hearing on Dec. 17. Getting a hearing on this bill amid the nation’s concerns over health care and climate change shows that Tester really is looking out for Montanans.
This bill was built by local collaborative projects and provides local solutions to our forest problems, not the least of which is making sure we have access to the places to recreate.
This bill is about jobs, healthy forests, and management and gives something to the timber industry, recreation groups, and the citizens of Montana.
This bill is also about working together. I am proud that our senator listens to the people of Montana. He encourages various groups to work together to solve our own forest issues. Recently, Gov. Brian Schweitzer endorsed the bill. Now, I encourage Rep. Denny Rehberg to get on board and show the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that our congressmen represent Montanans who work together and that they work together for Montanans.