By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Two regional land bills pass Senate committee


September 28, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

Areas near the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountain Wilderness could become wilderness as a part of Jon Tester's Blackfoot-Clearwater Stewardship Act.

Both Montana Senators passed their separate public lands bills from a committee in the Senate, opening both bills up to a final vote as the federal government debates a potential shutdown.

Sen. Jon Tester passed the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act (BCSA) out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, while Sen. Steve Daines passed the Montana Sportsmen Conservation Act out of the same committee.

The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act would reclassify roughly 79,000 acres near the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountains as wilderness. The bill would also create a 2,000 acre rec...

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