Senator Daines Plans Forest Management Reform Discussions
Senator Steve Daines has three roundtables scheduled next week to discuss forest management.
Management reform is on the mind of quite a few U.S. Senators, according to a news release from Sen. Daines' office.
He expressed interest in legislation that would "grow jobs, improve the health of all ten of Montana's National Forest, increases recreational access and secures a stable revenue source for Montana counties."
Recently, county funding tied to the national forest has been reduced by Congress, including Ravalli County, which has a large percentage of federal land with the Bitterroot National Forest.
Daines is a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and wants Montanans' ideas and feedback.
He will have a session in Columbia Falls February 17, Missoula February 20, and Bozeman February 21.
The senator has invited representatives from several companies and organizations at each session. For instance, the Missoula roundtable will be at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation at 5705 Grant Creek Road at 11 a.m. Friday. Expected to attend will be members of the Elk Foundation, Sun Mountain Lumber, Montana Wood Products Association, Montana Logging Association, Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Citizens for Balanced Use, University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research, the Mule Deer Foundation, Boone and Crockett Club and others.