FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 22, 2020
Helena, MT – In yet another election-year flip-flop, Senator Steve Daines is introducing a bill to increase the maximum fine for unauthorized aerial vehicles landing in designated wilderness areas. This announcement comes only two years after Daines requested to reopen old airstrips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex — a measure that critics said would have “dramatically” increased air traffic and “diminished” the solitude of the area.
Daines claimed his request to reopen the airstrips was meant to increase access to the Bob Marshall Wilderness to hikers and backpackers, but Montana conservation groups disagreed. At the same time, Daines has refused to support the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, a bill that would protect Montana public lands, and has broad support from Montanans.
“Now that Daines faces a tough re-election, he is introducing a bill to paper over his record of failing to stand up for our public lands in favor of making a few well-connected folks happy,” said MDP Communications Advisor Christina Wilkes. “Daines’ abysmal record on public lands speaks louder than his last ditch efforts to save his political career.”
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