Tester, Daines, Rosendale Push Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management for Flexibility for Montana Guides and Outfitters

U.S. Senators Tester and Daines and Congressman Matt Rosendale sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management Acting State Director Theresa Hanley and U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Leanne Marten urging them to provide outfitters, guides and other members of affected communities with support and flexibility in finding alternatives. options for operating on public land following catastrophic flooding in southwestern Montana.

“We urge you to engage whatever competent authority you have to support to identify recreation options on public lands in the area, apply flexibilities to allow administration, and expedite any necessary permits for businesses impacted by recent flooding. on the Yellowstone”, wrote the Montana delegation. “Without other options, these businesses could face significant cancellations during the most important part of their year, just as the communities they live in attempt to rebuild after this historic flood.”

Last week, Montana’s congressional delegation urged the Federal Highway Administration to take immediate action and provide much-needed funding through FWHA’s emergency relief programs to flood-affected areas. They also sent a letter to President Biden, requesting approval of a major disaster declaration and activation of a FEMA critical aide and support for recovery efforts. The state of Montana submitted a request for a disaster declaration to the federal government on June 15, 2022 in response to major flooding in south-central Montana, which was approved by President Biden the following day. The inclement weather caused extensive property damage to homes, businesses, roads, sewers, water systems and to Yellowstone National Park. Acting Governor Kirsten Juras declared a statewide disaster on June 14, 2022.

Read the full letter from the delegation HERE.