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Senators Tester, Walsh Help Pass Bill to Protect Rocky Mountain Front

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 Both Montana senators were in Choteau this morning celebrating a victory in protecting the Rocky Mountain Front.

Senators Jon Tester and John Walsh spoke to a crowd about the ecological diversity of the area and the importance of protecting it. The gathering acknowledged congress passing the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. That bill protects public access along the front, adds 67,000 acres of wilderness to the Bob Marshall and allows for continued grazing access for Montana ranchers. The senators thanked the local residents and followers for their years of effort and support and expressed joy in helping to maintain this special area.

"In the area like this, the Rocky Mountain front I don't think we should be digging oil wells or drilling oil wells or digging minds. We need to protect that so that it retains its beauty forever," said Senator Walsh.

"There's not many places like this in this country were left on earth so we shouldn't take it for granted. And these folks know that. They haven't. And we were able to do some things in Washington DC to help preserve it for future generations," said Senator Tester.

The senators next stop will be in the Flathead region where they will host a similar event.

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