When you read about the things U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is trying to do to the wilderness study and national monument areas, there are some things you need to know.
Wilderness study areas were not, are not and never were supposed to be wilderness.
These areas were to be studied by the appropriate agency and recommendations made to Congress as to the disposition of the area. The recommendation was to be made within five years of the WSA (wilderness study area) designation.
The study that was done determined that that these areas did not meet the requirements for wilderness designation.
Twenty to 30 years later, these areas are still treated as wilderness. What the heck is going on?
National monuments, by law, are to occupy no more land than that necessary to preserve the monument. It is difficult to imagine any monument that requires a million and a half acres to secure its character. When a government removes excessive amounts of public property from our use, it should be considered confiscatory.
Please call or write U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Tester and tell them that we, the public, want our land back!