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Tester's Forestry Bill is Making its Way Through

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A bill proposed by Senator Jon Tester that would affect the forest industry in the jobs and protection department is quickly making it's way through the Senate.

A high ranking Senate Committee today passing Senator Tester's Forest Jobs and Recreation Act.  The Senator's bill earning bipartisan support in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Tester's bill mandates that logging remains on National Forest Service land, and also protect Montana's recreational places.  The Senator says the bill is a "Made in Montana" compromise that will create jobs and strengthen Montana's economy as well.

The Senator said, "This is a big win.  To get this bill out of committee is a giant step forward to help put people to work in Montana and in our forests.  To help manage our forests better, to set land aside for future generations and to help folks recreate in the great state of Montana."

Tester's bill, which also earned the support of Republican Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

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