Blocking Forest Bill for Political Gain

By Beacon Staff

Well, it seems like the fat lady has sung and 2011 won’t be the year that Montana finally breaks through the old timber war political log jams. Regrettably, we will have to wait until at least next year to see Sen. Jon Tester’s forest bill become law. Unfortunately, we have our lone congressman to thank for holding Montana back.

I’m a wildlife and landscape photographer as well as an avid fly fisherman. Like most of us I’m inspired by wilderness settings. I also recognize, however, that I’m just one guy. There are so many people who make a living on our forests, not to mention those who recreate in them. This bill is the first one that includes and benefits all parties. So why is Rep. Denny Rehberg opposed to it? Is it for political reasons? He wants Tester’s Senate seat. Elections are still a year away. It’s a shame to see Rehberg apparently opposing such an encompassing bill for his own political gain.

This status quo isn’t working and some of us are determined to change it. Maybe we need to change Rehberg’s status first.

Robin Poole

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