Rosendale-Supported Transfer of Public Lands Would Cripple Montana’s $7.1 Billion Outdoor Economy

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Helena – Montana’s outdoor recreation economy is thriving, bringing in $7.1 billion in revenue to our state annually and creating 71,000 jobs in Montana.

That wouldn’t be possible without Montana’s public lands, which make up nearly one-third of the state, nor would it be possible without Montanans’ commitment to protecting those public lands.

Unfortunately, East Coast developer and State Frauditor Matt Rosendale’s dangerous record threatens our public lands – he’s called repeatedly for the transfer of public lands and even admitted he has “long been on the record as an advocate for the transfer of federal public lands to the state.”

But transferring public lands to the state could make it easier to sell off those lands for private development, which would devastate our state’s outdoor economy and close off public access to sportsmen and women.

And on the Land Board, where Rosendale should be an advocate for public lands, he has opposed easements to allow for permanent public hunting access and protect hunting land from possible subdivision.

Counties in Montana with more federal public lands have economically outperformed counties with less federal public lands, seeing higher personal income, per capita income, and employment.

Montanans value our public lands and access to hunting, fishing and recreation, and recognize the major boost they give to our economy.

Matt Rosendale doesn’t share those values. In fact, he doesn’t share Montana values at all.

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