NEW POLL: Montana Voters Oppose Rosendale’s Public Lands Policies

Brooke BainumNews

Helena – A new poll from the University of Montana showed major, bipartisan support among Montana voters for protecting and expanding our public lands.

The poll also found that “[v]oters’ responses appear to run contrary to legislation proposed by both Republican members of Montana’s congressional delegation, Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte.” Wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale supports this unpopular legislation – only 11 percent favor it – that would eliminate protections for more than half a million acres of our public lands.

Meanwhile, the poll found overwhelming support – 73 percent – for the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project, championed by Sen. Jon Tester that “strengthens protections for 80,000 acres of land in western Montana while opening new areas for motorized recreation and timber harvest.”

Lately, Rosendale has been misleading voters, trying to sell himself as a public lands advocate when in reality he has long tried to make it easier to sell off our public lands. He has shirked his duties as a member of the Land Board, dismissing its importance, skipping out on meetings to campaign, failing to read important materials, voting to indefinitely delay a vote on the Horse Creek Conservation Easement, and torpedoing the Keogh Conservation Easement – ignoring advice from private landowners, and local hunting and conservation groups.

While Rosendale may lie, his record does not. His repeated push for land transfers and failure to protect our public lands would be disastrous for Montana and clearly doesn’t fall in line with Montana values.

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