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Thursday, July 23, 2020
MTN News: “You Can Either Lead On This Issue Or You Can Follow” — Cooney Slams Gianforte For Anti-Public Lands Agenda
Cooney said, “I’ve used my time… to expand protections for Montana’s public lands, he’s used his to attempt to strip them away.”
Helena, MT – Speaking from the banks of the East Gallatin River – where Greg Gianforte sued Montana taxpayers to block fishing access – Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney contrasted his strong record as a lifelong champion for public access with his opponent’s record of working to block it.
“I’ve used my time… to expand protections for Montana’s public lands, he’s used his to attempt to strip them away,” said Lt. Gov. Cooney.
Just this week, Greg Gianforte said he was “pleased” by the appointment of William Perry Pendley to lead the Bureau of Land Management, despite his support “for selling off almost all public lands.” Gianforte also supports transferring management of federal land, and he 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.”
“Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Cooney made it clear – he always was, still is, and will forever be a champion for public land and stream access,” said MDP Deputy Communications Director Matt Fidel. “Rep. Greg Gianforte – who literally sued public lands owners to strip away their access – simply can’t say the same. For all those who care about preserving Montana’s heritage and outdoor economy, the choice this November could not be more clear.”