BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester pitched his plan for both more logging and more wilderness area to a packed room at the courthouse in Bozeman.
Tester says his plan will break through years of gridlock over logging by mandating Forest Service action. And he says it will add 600,000 acres of wilderness -- while sacrificing a small percentage of motorized areas and trails.
Tester had a simple answer for wilderness advocates who wanted less logging, or for those on the opposite side who don't like all the new wilderness.
The senator says each component is needed in order to find enough political support for the bill.
But Tester, who met individually with members of the crowd afterward, received many thankful comments from all sides of the debate for trying something new.