Jon Tester is a US Senator from Montana. He was first elected to that office in 2006. Tester criticized Ryan Zinke’s reduction of national monuments in Utah. He opposes the transfer of federal public land to states, opposes the Trump Administration’s sage grouse plan overhaul, supports the methane rule, and supports full funding and reauthorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Senator Jon Tester said Donald Trump’s monument reduction was “flawed.”
Tester said the the process for reducing Utah’s national monuments was “flawed.”
“’The process he used on the monuments decision was flawed. And chewing out (Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa) Murkowski over her health care vote – you’ve got to say whoa.’ Zinke produced a report which Trump used in justifying shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent and cutting the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument roughly in half. … The battle over President Donald Trump’s reduction of national monument acreage appears to be over for now, Tester said, but he warned that efforts to transfer federal lands to state control continue.” [Missoulian, 01/02/18]
Senator Tester opposes the transfer of federal public lands to states.
Senator Tester vowed “to fight any plan from Trump or Zinke to sell or transfer the management of federal public lands to individual states.” “Senator Jon Tester is blasting a Trump Administration proposal that suggests selling off Montana’s public lands. Tester is confronting President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the leaked proposal that specifically calls for the ‘disposition of federal real property’ to help pay for an infrastructure bill. Tester is vowing to fight any plan from Trump or Zinke to sell or transfer the management of federal public lands to individual states. ‘We need to address our nation’s vast infrastructure needs, and I look forward to working with both of you to get roads built, bridges repaired, schools and internet service improved, and dams maintained,’ Tester wrote. ‘But if we fund these efforts by selling off our public lands, we are mortgaging our nation’s conservation legacy. We are hamstringing our powerhouse outdoor economy. We are robbing the next generation of one of their best assets. I will never accept that.’” [Senator Tester Press Release, 01/26/18]
Senator Tester opposed Trump Administration’s effort to scrap state-based sage grouse plans.
Jon Tester opposed the Trump Administration’s effort to scrap state-based sage grouse management plans, calling it “federal government overreach.” “U.S. Senator Jon Tester is defending Montana against federal government overreach and demanding the BLM extend the public comment period on its sage-grouse plan review. … “I urge you not to discard a chance to collaborate with the same people who helped put these plans together for the lands they work and recreate on,’ Tester wrote. ‘It’s my sincere hope that you will listen to the folks on the ground, ensure a public and transparent process, and build on the work of those who spent years communicating and collaborating.’” [Senator Tester Press Release, 10/18/17]
Senator Jon Tester supports the methane rule.
Tester Said the methane rule was a “no-brainer.” “Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester supports the methane waste rule and voted against the attempt to overturn it: ‘It’s one of these no-brainer decisions that we can help save the resource, utilize the resource to help heat our homes or even power vehicles. Why should we waste it? We should be working through ways to create innovation to capture this gas and move it into the marketplace.’” [Montana Public Radio, 10/18/17]
Senator Tester supports full funding and reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Jon Tester introduced a bill to fully fund and reauthorize LWCF. “U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced during his town hall meeting in Helena that he has introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a successful initiative that expands public access to public land. Tester’s bill guarantees that LWCF will never again expire, fully funds the initiative to the annual maximum $900 million, and sets aside a portion of that funding specifically to increase public access to public lands for hunters, anglers, and hikers. ‘The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical tool that expands public access for folks who hunt, hike and fish on our public lands-at no cost to taxpayers,’ Tester said. ‘There are still too many politicians who/ are trying to block our ability to increase public access, despite our growing outdoor economy. That’s why it is time to fully fund and permanently reauthorize this successful initiative.’” [Senator Tester Press Release, 03/17/17]