Montana

HJ 9 – Resolution supporting the release of certain wilderness study areas

Sponsored by: Rep. Kerry White
A Montana resolution that calls for releasing 663,000 acres of Montana land from “possible federal wilderness consideration.”

Short Summary

This resolution called for releasing 663,000 acres of Montana land from “possible federal wilderness consideration.” [The Missoulian, 02/17/17]

General Description

A joint resolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives of the State of Montana urging the United States Congress to release certain wilderness study areas in Montana from consideration for inclusion in the national wilderness preservation system.” [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]

Bill Sponsor(s)

Rep. Kerry White

Detailed Bill Summary 

This resolution called for releasing 663,000 acres of Montana land from “possible federal wilderness consideration.” On February 28, 2017 the resolution was amended, changing after a call to drop nearly 1 million acres of land from federal wilderness designation to 663,000 acres. On April 4, 2017, the resolution was amended to say that “National Forest Lands Released From Wilderness Study Would Still Be Subject to The National Forest Management Act, Which Requires Extensive Public Involvement As the Agency Develops and Updates Plans for the Management and Use of Resources in Each Forest.” [The Missoulian , Great Falls Tribune, Montana State Legislature]

Current Status

This resolution “became law.” However, because this is a resolution, it only “urges the U.S. Congress” to release Wilderness Study Areas, it doesn’t create any new law. [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]

Relevant Comments by Public Officials, Public Lands Groups, or Special Interest Groups in Montana

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