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Tester deserves thanks for legislation

| August 12, 2020 1:00 AM

I want to thank Senator Tester for his continued support of our public lands. A few weeks ago he introduced legislation that addressed the 100-year old, inefficient BLM oil and gas non-competitive leasing system. More recently, he introduced the Badger-Two Medicine Protection Act. This legislation builds on decades of important work to permanently protect the Badger-Two Medicine area and honor Blackfeet culture and their connection to the land. With the passage of the bill, this spectacular place will not be susceptible to industrialization and will protect wildlife, clean water and recreational opportunities for future generations. Tester also continues to support Montana-made solutions like the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, a collaborative solution with diverse interests near Seeley Lake. In this difficult time when things sometimes seem upside down, good things still are happening.

As a local resident who enjoys getting out on public lands and appreciates wild places, I’m thankful that Senator Tester has our back. The University of Montana’s 2020 Public Lands Survey found that 79% of Montanans support protecting the Badger-Two Medicine’s cultural and wildlife values. I encourage Senator Daines and Representative Gianforte to support this unique area and the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. Our public lands deserve multiple champions.

Jan Metzmaker, Whitefish