Daines discusses bipartisan bill in Kalispell

KALISPELL, Mont. — Sen. Steve Daines made a trip to the Flathead Valley Monday morning to talk about a bipartisan forest management reform bill.

Daines was joined by elected officials as well as conservation and timber leaders.

The bill is about addressing wildfires, wildlife, watersheds and workers.

Daines is working with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, on the bill.

“Montanans are tired of breathing smoke during fire season, and they want to see people back in the forest actively managing them. At the end of the day, we’re either going to manage our forest or the forest is going to manage us,” Daines said.

There will be a hearing for the bill in September. Daines hopes to get it passed through Congress by the end of the year.