Helena – Yesterday, wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale didn’t show up at the Land Board meeting…you know, part of his job. Instead of facing his constituents in person, Rosendale called in – literally phoning in to the meeting. So where was he? He was in Lewistown campaigning.
Of course, Rosendale has failed over and over to do his job instead of actually working for Montanans, so this comes as no surprise.
At the Land Board hearing last month, Rosendale refused to support increased public access and more hunting opportunities in Eastern Montana. Instead, he voted to indefinitely postpone a decision on the Horse Creek Conservation Easement, going against private landowners and local hunting and conservation groups in the process.
His reason? Rosendale claimed that the paperwork was too long to read in the past five days since he had received it – even though he had used that time to fly back and forth from Washington, D.C. to campaign – and that there should be more time for people to weigh in on the easement.
In reality, hunters and landowners have been working together for nearly two years to come up with the easement that Attorney General Tim Fox supports and that the private landowners involved called a “collaborative effort,” including a public comment period and several public hearings.
Rosendale’s vote came after the easement was approved unanimously by the Montana FWP and backed by hunting groups, private landowners, and conservation groups.
The easement would be paid for in large part by sportsmen groups who overwhelmingly support the easement. The landowners believe that the easement would preserve their way of life and that “[hunters and anglers] will be able to enjoy the easement for years to come.” In fact, the easement would provide more than 15,000 acres to hunters that has been closed off to public access in the past.
Yet again, Matt Rosendale failed to do his job, ignoring Montanans and the political advice they’ve given him.
As one local farmer said at the Land Board meeting yesterday: “I wouldn’t want to be a politician in Montana with our hunters and sportsmen and say to them, we had a chance to get 20,000 contiguous acres all at once for you sportsmen and hunters. […] I can’t think that’s gonna get you many votes.”
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