When You Go Missing In The Backcountry, Senator Tester Wants You To Be Found
Tester fights to reduce red tape for search-and-recovery missions
When folks go missing in national parks, forests or other federal lands, Senator Jon Tester wants search-and-recovery teams to be able to deploy as quickly as possible.
Tester is backing a bipartisan bill to expedite the permitting process that gives qualified search-and-recovery teams faster access to federal public lands.
“Accidents happen, and families shouldn’t have to wait over a year to find out what happened to their loved ones,” Tester said. “This common-sense bill will remove red tape so search parties can locate folks missing on federal lands as quickly as possible.”
Tester’s bill also allows search-and-recovery teams to waive liability insurance coverage, a U.S. Forest Service requirement that can also delay missions.