FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 14, 2020
Helena, MT – On the heels of Raph Graybill’s Public Lands Plan rollout, reporters have asked Austin Knudsen questions on his continuing legal battle against the City of Culbertson, the Horace Mann Post No. 81 of the American Legion, and local recreationists, over putting up a gate on a public easement, preventing access to the 35 acre veterans park located along the Missouri River. Knudsen has refused to answer questions about why he and his family are gating a public road and blocking local veterans and the public from accessing the Legion Park.
Knudsen’s efforts to block local access are alarmingly consistent with positions he’s championed throughout his career. He has supported the most extreme anti-access policies, including the transfer of federal public lands, a position even current Republican AG Tim Fox opposes.
In the Montana Legislature, Knudsen personally killed a bill that would have increased fines for landowners like him who block access to public roads. He also voted for a bill that would have disallowed Montana from acquiring any new public lands, and voted to restrict access to public streams, and voted to defund Habitat Montana — the successful conservation program that even AG Tim Fox promised to fully fund if he was elected Governor.
“Montanans have a right to hear from Knudsen himself why he’s going out of his way to block local veterans from their own park,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Knudsen’s extreme, selfish behavior is antithetical with Montana values, and a slap in the face to the service of Montana veterans. Montanans deserve answers.”
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