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By Andi Bourne

Tester Announces Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Montana Senator Jon Tester taking with Seeley Lake Elementary (SLE) junior high students at his press conference announcing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act Feb. 22 at the Rich Ranch. SLE teacher Duane Schlabach said he brought his students to the event to see how the process of introducing legislation at the federal level works. "We are looking at both the components and the process," said Schlabach. "The students are already very familiar with how the process of making a law in the state works so all I'm doing is bringing in a different level of government. They don't often get to see the federal level face-to-face and what it looks like here."

SEELEY LAKE - U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) at the Rich Ranch Feb. 22. While collaborators and supporters gathered to voice their support, not everyone believes the legislation goes far enough to protect motorized recreation opportunities.

The BCSA designates more than 79,000 acres of additional wilderness to the Bob Marshall, Scapegoat and Mission Mountains Wildernesses and establishes the 3,835-acre Spread Mountain Recreation Area and the 2,031-acre Otatsy Recreation Management Area. The recreation areas open up 2,200 acres of land to s...

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