Tester Secures $46.4 Million For Montana Public Lands
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $46,426,937 for Montana public lands, including funding for conservation, land acquisition, and deferred maintenance work in National Forests Across the state. The funding comes from Fiscal Year 2022 allocations of Tester’s bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act.
“Montana’s public lands power our $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy here in the Treasure State, supporting good-paying jobs and our way of life,” said Tester. “I’m proud to have fought for and secured these critical investments, which will create jobs, bolster conservation projects and provide resources for long-deferred maintenance in Montana’s National Forests. We inherited these natural treasures from the folks that came before us, and these resources will help make sure they’re still around for our kids and grandkids.”
The funding Tester announced from the Land and Water Conservation Fund includes $30.3 million for Montana, $20 million for the MT Great Outdoor Conservation Project and $10.3 million for Lolo National Forest land acquisition.
Established in 1964, the LWCF uses revenues from oil and gas leasing to fund conservation and recreation priorities across the nation. Since its creation, the LWCF has invested millions into Montana’s $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy.