FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Rosendale: “I have long been on the record as an advocate for the transfer of federal public lands to the state”
Maryland Matt has a long history of opposing protections for our public lands. In 2014, Maryland Matt admitted to being “an advocate for the transfer of public lands” and proposed that the federal government transfer U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands in Montana to the state to manage and control. When he served in the state legislature, he introduced legislation encouraging federal public lands transfer to the state, and voted for a bill that would have disallowed Montana from acquiring any new public lands.
That bill is only one example of Rosendale’s many out-of-touch anti-public lands policies:
- As a legislator, Rosendale voted to create a task force criticized for being a “backdoor” to talks of public lands transfer.
- Maryland Matt endorsed transferring federal public lands to the state as “a top priority”.
- Rosendale supported bills that conservation advocates described as potentially “the single biggest rollback of protected public lands in Montana history.”
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