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Budget cuts could effect Montana's outdoor economy

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BOZEMAN -

350 million dollars could be cut from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Something that concerns Senator Jon Tester.

 Cuts that would impact Montana are the 800-thousand dollar cut to Glacier National Park, 65 million dollar cut from trail maintenance on National Forests, 100 million dollar cuts to road maintenance on National Forests and a two million dollar cut to Yellowstone National Park.

Senator Tester says he is extremely concerned about the Yellowstone cut because of the impact the national park has on businesses in Bozeman, Livingston and Gardiner.

"Whether you're talking about park lands, forest service lands, BLM lands we need to make sure to make the investment. If we're going to be able to get the dividend from that investment on our public lands the President's budget doesn't do that," stated Tester.

Montana's outdoor economy supports more than 64-thousand jobs.

Also interesting to note, the LWCF is not funded by taxpayers, it's funded from offshore oil and gas development.

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