Rosendale “Balked” At Opportunity To Open Up Public Access


Despite Changed Rhetoric, Rosendale Voted Against Public Lands

Helena – Until just a few years ago, East Coast developer Matt Rosendale was a self-professed long-time advocate for transferring federal public lands. This election cycle, Rosendale has conveniently changed his tune, claiming now that he’s heard from Montanans he realizes they don’t want to transfer public lands.

But a closer look at his actions show that he really hasn’t changed his anti-public lands position all that much.

On the Land Board, Rosendale was the deciding vote against the Keogh Conservation Easement, which would’ve protected around 8,000 acres of hunting land from possible subdivision.

And when “given the opportunity to foster more public access this February, Rosendale balked” by obstructing the Horse Creek easement, which will allow permanent public hunting access on 20,000 acres of land in Eastern Montana.

Try as he might, Rosendale can’t erase his record or his recent votes against public lands.

Missoula Independent: Public lands are Montana’s latest wedge issue. What’s behind the rhetoric, and how is it shaping the debate?
By Alex Sakariassen
September 6, 2018

Key points:

  • “In June, the Montana Democratic Party released a video splicing together clips of Rosendale in 2014 advocating for the transfer of control and management of federal lands to the states.”
  • “Rosendale, who currently serves as state auditor, responded that he’s since grasped Montana’s distaste for that agenda.”
  • “The portion of his campaign website dedicated to the issue ends with this promise: ‘As your next U.S. Senator, our public lands will always stay in public hands.’”
  • “That’s become easy enough to say in Montana. But given the opportunity to foster more public access this February, Rosendale balked, voting as a member of the state Land Board to indefinitely delay action on a conservation easement in eastern Montana that would have opened 15,000 acres — including 5,000 acres of landlocked public land — to hunters and hikers.”

Read the entire article HERE.


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