ICYMI: Daines’ Silence “Speaks Volumes” Following Anti-Public Lands BLM Appointment

Justin AilportNews

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Standard had some pointed words this weekend about Sen. Steve Daines’ continued silence following the appointment of anti-public lands and anti-federal land management William Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Pendley, who was appointed to lead the BLM last month, has advocated for the sale of public lands and against federal management of lands, which he is now responsible for. The BLM manages 245 million acres of land, which is about one-tenth of the nation’s lands.

Sen. Jon Tester has asked some important questions about Pendley’s history working against protecting our public lands since his appointment to lead the BLM.

Yet, as the Montana Standard noted, “Sen. Steve Daines has been silent” on whether he thinks Pendley belongs at the top at the BLM.

“Public lands are an integral part of our way of life as Montanans and the backbone of local communities that depend on our thriving outdoor recreation economy,” said Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen. “But Steve Daines has said nothing about an appointee who would prefer to sell off our public lands instead of manage them. Daines’ silence speaks volumes when it comes to protecting our public lands.”

Read the full piece from the Montana Standard here.

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