Rosendale supports eliminating protections for more than half a million acres of public lands; pretends otherwise

Brooke BainumNews

Helena – Recently, East Coast developer and State Frauditor Matt Rosendale has been trying desperately to convince Montanans to forget his anti-public lands record.

Last week, Rosendale claimed on the radio that he is “100 percent supportive” of Montanans who don’t want to see federal public lands transferred and want to increase public access to and protections for public land.

Funny Rosendale would pretend he agrees with Montanans, since he supports the highly unpopular legislation pushed by Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte that would eliminate protections for more than half a million acres of our public lands. Daines’ harmful bill is “the biggest rollback of public lands protections in state history,” according to the Montana Wilderness Association, and only 11 percent of Montana voters believe these protections should be eliminated.

Meanwhile, Rosendale is continuing to go against Montana sportsmen and women, recreationists, and conservationists by opposing the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act, a collaborative effort supported by the vast majority of Montanans that would protect about 80,000 acres of land and open up new areas for timber harvest and snowmobiling.

Rosendale claims he listens to Montanans – who strongly oppose transferring our public lands – yet he opposes their interests at every turn. Rosendale’s long history of supporting policies that would eliminate protections for public lands, opposing the expansion of public access, and pushing to transfer public lands proves he’s seriously out of line with Montana values.

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