Here We Go Again: Gianforte Won’t Protect Montana’s Public Lands

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Here We Go Again: Gianforte Won’t Protect Montana’s Public Lands
 
In Latest Interview, Gianforte Ducks Hyper Anti-Public Lands Record

Helena, MT – In a recent interview, Greg Gianforte was asked to share his plans and priorities for Montana. In response, he misled voters on his health care record, and failed to mention his opposition to extended unemployment benefits when talking about his coronavirus response. Entirely missing from Gianforte’s agenda? A commitment to defend public lands.

Greg Gianforte infamously sued the state of Montana to block access to a stream nearby one of his several properties. Gianforte also opposes full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a position out-of-touch with an overwhelming majority of Montanans. He supports transferring management of federal land and opposes buying any new land for state parks or fishing access sites. In Congress, Gianforte wrote legislation to strip protections from nearly 700,000 acres of public lands — without public input — a move described by conservation advocates as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”

“Montanans know that our public lands are too precious to allow Greg Gianforte anywhere near the Governor’s mansion,” said MDP Executive Director Sandi Luckey. “Gianforte doesn’t understand that public lands are at the core of our outdoor Montana heritage. They belong to all of us, they’re part of the Montana way of life, and we won’t be electing anyone interested in robbing us of that.”

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