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The bill to name a peak in the Madison Range for a prominent conservationist is getting closer to the president’s desk.

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has advanced the Alex Diekmann Peak Designation Act of 2017 to the House floor.

The bill would dub an unnamed peak in the Madison Range for the late Alex Diekmann, who worked as a project manager for the Trust for Public Land out of its Bozeman office. Diekmann died of cancer in 2016.

He had a hand in major land deals and conservation easements all over the state, including several projects in the Madison Valley and in the Gallatin River drainage. In all, he worked on 55 different projects that conserved more than 100,000 acres.

The bill cleared the U.S. Senate in late December. If it passes the House, it will go to the president’s desk for a signature.

All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation are sponsors of the bill, and they applauded the step forward in a joint statement Wednesday.

Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, a member of the House committee that advanced the bill, said in the statement that naming the peak for Diekmann is “a tribute to a man who united people to protect our public lands.”

Republican Sen. Steve Daines said in the statement that the bill will ensure Diekmann’s name “will be forever remembered.”

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester said in the statement that it would “guarantee his lasting legacy for generations to come.”

The peak is 9,765 feet tall. It sits on the western edge of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

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Michael Wright can be reached at or at 582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Michael Wright is the Chronicle's managing editor. He has been with the Chronicle since 2015. As a reporter, he covered the environment and politics for the Chronicle.

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