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Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

Tester, Daines, Gianforte praise bill


February 27, 2019

Jon Tester

Staff and wire

A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval, with all members of Montana's congressional delegation praising the bill and taking credit for its content, particularly blocking mining outside of Yellowstone National Park and permanently authorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The office of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in a release that both of his provisions were included in a major public lands legisl...

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