Senator Jon Tester's bill to strengthen hunting and fishing rights and improve conservation efforts nationwide reached the Senate floor this week.

Tester's Sportsmen's Act includes 12 provisions to increase public land access for hunters and anglers, protect treasured places to hunt, fish and recreate, and strengthen state's roles in protecting wildlife.

"Accessing these lands is our birthright, and this bill delivers on the centuries-old promise to preserve our outdoor heritage," Tester said. "By passing this bipartisan legislation, we will help ensure future generations get to experience the natural wonders that were passed down to us."

The bill is also said to strengthen outdoor recreation opportunities, which generate $6 billion and support more than 60,000 jobs in Montana annually.

The Sportsmen's Act is supported by over 30 outdoor sporting groups, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Ducks Unlimited and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.