WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) is still waiting for his colleagues to schedule a hearing on the proposed Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, more than a month after submitting a formal request to advance the legislation.
Sen. Tester introduced the act last February, a proposal to protect 79,000 acres lying in the headwaters of the Blackfoot River. the tract lies just outside the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
The Act would also establish multi-use trails, open over 2,000 acres for snowmobiling, protect nearly 4,000 acres for mountain biking with allowances for selective timber operations.
The bill has a broad coalition of support and in early September Sen. Tester asked the chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and ranking member Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington to schedule a hearing on the Act.
Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) also serves on that committee. Despite the support, no hearing has been set.