As Vote on LWCF Approaches, Rosendale Remains Silent

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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As Vote on LWCF Approaches, Rosendale Remains Silent
Helena, MT – As Congress moves toward a vote on the Great American Outdoors Act, which includes full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, candidate for U.S. Congress Maryland Matt Rosendale has remained conspicuously silent.

Despite attempts to rewrite his record, Maryland Matt has a long history of opposing protections for our public lands. In 2014, Maryland Matt admitted to being “an advocate for the transfer of public lands” and proposed that the federal government transfer U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Montana to the state to manage and control. When he served in the state legislature, he introduced legislation encouraging federal public lands transfer to the state.

This bill is only one example of Rosendale’s many out-of-touch anti-public lands policies — as state auditor, he killed the Keogh Ranch Conservation Easement that would have protected around 8,000 acres of hunting land from potential development; he voted to create a task force criticized for being a “backdoor” to talks of public lands transfer; he has repeatedly voted on the Land Board against Montana sportsmen and women, blocking permanent public hunting access to 20,000 acres of land in Eastern Montana; he endorsed transferring federal public lands to the state as “a top priority”; and he supports a bill that the vast majority of Montanans oppose because it would eliminate protections for more than half a million acres of our public lands.

So, as Rosendale attempts to fly under the radar on this crucial issue, Montanans deserve to know — does Maryland Matt support full, permanent funding for LWCF?


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