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Thursday, June 18, 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.
That bill is only one example of Rosendale’s many out-of-touch anti-public lands policies:
- As state auditor, Maryland Matt killed the Keogh Ranch Conservation Easement that would have protected around 8,000 acres of hunting land from potential development.
- As a legislator, Rosendale voted to create a task force criticized for being a “backdoor” to talks of public lands transfer.
- Rosendale has repeatedly voted on the Land Board against Montana sportsmen and women, blocking permanent public hunting access to 20,000 acres of land in Eastern Montana.
- Maryland Matt endorsed transferring federal public lands to the state as “a top priority”.
- Rosendale supports a bill that the vast majority of Montanans oppose because it would eliminate protections for more than half a million acres of our public lands.
“While I’m sure we’re all moved by Maryland Matt’s political courage in lending his support to a bill after it passed the Senate with over 70 votes, what Montanans will find most affecting is Rosendale’s lofty attempt to gloss over a long career of attacking access to public lands,” said MDP Communications Director Nathan Stein. “Rosendale has made it clear several times over — he’s a clear threat to Montana’s public lands and our way of life.”
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