Austin Knudsen’s Extremist Crusade Against Public Lands

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Austin Knudsen’s Extremist Crusade Against Public Lands

Helena, MT – Even after the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, candidate for Attorney General Austin Knudsen continues to remain silent on his long history of undermining access to Montana’s public lands and conservation efforts.

As a state legislator, Knudsen voted against fines for gating off public lands, voted to restrict access to public streams, and voted to defund Habitat Montana — a program that’s been a major success for wildlife, hunters, anglers and recreationists of all stripes. Knudsen has also loudly advocated for the transfer of federal public lands, which could lead to their sale to corporate interests. Knudsen is even using his personal wealth to block public access to a veterans park outside of Culbertson. As attorney general, Knudsen would undoubtedly continue his anti-public lands crusade, threatening public access for hunters and anglers, Montana’s $7 billion outdoor recreation industry, and the Montana way of life.

“As Montanans of all political stripes celebrate a major conservation victory, Austin Knudsen is remaining conspicuously silent,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Knudsen has spent his whole career attacking Montana’s public lands — and we won’t let him take his extremist anti-public lands agenda into the Attorney General’s office.”


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