Helena – Wealthy East Coast developer Matt Rosendale has been a staunch supporter of transferring public lands to the state, a move heavily opposed by Montanans because it would make it easier to sell off our public lands to private developers like Rosendale.
It makes sense why, as a developer, Rosendale would be such a vocal advocate for transferring public lands, and while it’s in line with his anti-public lands record, it goes against Montana values.
Here’s a look at just a few times Rosendale has pushed to transfer public lands:
Read more on Rosendale’s harmful public lands record that’s out of line with Montana:
- Rosendale voted against Montana sportsmen on the Land Board by voting to indefinitely delay action on an easement to allow permanent public hunting access on 20,000 acres of land in Eastern Montana.
- He sunk the Keogh Conservation Easement, which would have protected 8,000 acres of hunting land from possible subdivision.
- Maryland Matt opposes the interests of Montana sportsmen and women and conservationists with his opposition to the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act.
- Instead, Rosendale supports legislation called “the biggest rollback of public lands protections in state history” that would eliminate protections for more than half a million acres of our public lands, and is highly unpopular with Montanans—only 11 percent are in favor.
- The last time Rosendale ran for federal office, he endorsed transferring public lands for resource development.
- Rosendale voted to create a task force criticized by sportsmen as a “backdoor” to talks of public land transfer.
- Rosendale said transferring public lands is “the primary thing we have to focus on,” and in his failed run for the U.S. House, the Billings Gazette reported that “A top priority [of Rosendale’s] is to transfer U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands to the state.”
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