Over the Years: What Conservationists & Sportsmen Have Said on Daines’ Public Lands Record  

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Monday, June 8, 2020

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Over the Years: What Conservationists & Sportsmen Have Said on Daines’ Public Lands Record  
Helena, MT – Steve Daines has deemed himself a great champion of public lands, but the facts are crystal clear: Daines has an extensive record of playing politics with Montana’s public lands during his time in the Senate. 

Montanans – particularly conservationists and sportsmen – have taken note. Here’s what they’ve had to say about Daines’ abysmal record on public lands over the years: 

John Sullivan, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers’ Montana Chapter
Montana’s hunters and anglers are deeply troubled by Sen. Daines’ support for selling our federal lands. Just a few weeks ago, Sen. Daines told Montanans he opposes selling our public lands, but now he supports this terrible idea from Washington, D.C. Actions speak louder than words, and the senator’s action last night has sent shockwaves throughout the state.” 

Rick Potts, Montana Wilderness Association
“I know my colleagues in the Montana Wilderness Association and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers as well, feel like they’ve been sucker punched. They didn’t see this coming…Last week we were quite disappointed to learn that Senator Daines had cast several votes that he had not discussed with his constituents. One of which would have re-authorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).”

Marne Hayes, Business for Montana’s Outdoors
“Sen. Daines took a dangerous vote against Montana jobs and businesses, and we are alarmed by his new position. Montana businesses are deeply troubled by Sen. Daines’ vote for a terrible and unpopular idea from Washington, D.C.”

Whitney Tawney, Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund
“By voting to advance David Bernhardt, Senator Daines has let Montanans down. LWCF funding is a priority for those of us in the Big Sky State and the Interior Secretary nominee put Montana’s public lands at risk by slashing the program’s funding.” 

Kayje Booker, Montana Wilderness Association 
“It’s hard to think of a worse choice for BLM director than William Perry Pendley. That’s why it’s so appalling that Sen. Daines would support him. Sen. Daines has to realize at some point that his rhetoric against selling off public lands means nothing when he makes these kinds of decisions.”

Montana Wilderness Association
“We feel that our outdoor heritage should be transferred into the hands of our children and grandchildren, not to individual states or private buyers. In the past, Sen. Daines has appeared to be in agreement with this position, but rhetoric and votes are two different matters. Unfortunately, votes speak much louder than words.”

Jayson O’Neill, Western Values Project 
“Sen. Steve Daines has used his pro-public lands talking points for long enough. We’re not seeing any action that protects our outdoor heritage…Between the confirmation of special interests ally Aurelia Skipwith and the vocal support of anti-public lands zealot William Pendley, Sen. Daines has shown time and again where his true loyalties lie — and it’s not with America’s public lands.

Ivy Fredrickson, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
“The LWCF ‘is important for us,’ [Daines] said, ‘and I support the full and permanent funding of LWCF.’ Yet just hours later, Sen. Daines voted to cut the LWCF budget for the U.S. Forest Service by $16 million. We know that conserving and ensuring public access to our lands and waters is building a more prosperous future for Butte…Sen. Daines’ about-face is bad for Butte and bad for Montana.


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