I first learned how to fly-fish on the Gallatin River in the late ’50s and still today, 50 years later, Montana remains a fisherman’s paradise. I’m writing because I want it to stay that way.
After attending two “town hall” meetings hosted by Rep. Denny Rehberg on Sen. Jon Tester’s Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, and listening to the pros and cons put forward by different advocates, I was quite amazed at the compromises made by both the environmentalists and members of the timber industry for a bill that would take into consideration the wants of both sides.
I would like to thank Rep. Rehberg for holding the meetings around the state and giving people a chance to express their opinions on this piece of legislation. I would also hope that Rep. Rehberg will give his support to Sens. Baucus and Tester in getting this incredibly important bill through Congress so that our future generations may enjoy the incredible beauty provided by the wilderness as well as the jobs provided by the lumber industry.
Finally, I would like to request that the congressman schedule a similar type of meeting in Missoula, where the recent closing of Smurfit-Stone and several other lumber companies have given Missoula an economic blow unlike any experienced by any other city in Montana.
Once again, thank you congressman for your interest in our opinions of this bill.