Presentations set for forest measure

2010-04-30T00:00:00Z Presentations set for forest measureGazette News Service The Billings Gazette
April 30, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Members of the Montana Forests Coalition will present information and answer questions on Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act on Tuesday.

The first presentation will be at the Billings Conservation Round Table from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Interstate Bank Operations Center, on the corner of 6th Avenue North and 18th Street. The second presentation will be at 7 p.m. in the Lewis and Clark Room in the MSU Billings Student Union building. Both presentations will have a question and answer session and are free and open to the public.

The Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, introduced by Tester last year, is an attempt to designate almost 700,000 acres of new wilderness while freeing other lands for timber harvest in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Lolo and Kootenai national forests.

The bill is in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in Washington, D.C., making its way through the legislative process. It’s possible the legislation will be wrapped into a larger public lands omnibus bill.

For more information on the legislation, visit www.montanaforests.org. For more information on the roundtable, contact Theresa Keaveny at 254-1593, or tkeaveny@mtvoters.org; and for information on the evening event contact Kristi Ponozzo at 406-443-7350, ext. 105.

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