Keeping Public Lands in Public Hands

When Rosendale sees public lands, he sees an opportunity to develop their natural resources

By Debo Powers

Have you ever gone fishing in Montana? Taken a hike? Been cross-country skiing? If you’ve spent any amount of time enjoying Montana’s incredible natural beauty, chances are you’ve benefited from public access to public lands. This November, protecting public lands will be on the ballot — and Jon Tester is the only proven champion for Montana’s outdoor heritage.

Jon has always fought to keep public lands in public hands. Recently, Senator Tester sponsored the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act. Many Montanans with different viewpoints (snowmobilers, mountain bikers, horse riders, loggers, wilderness advocates) worked together to propose this plan. Sen. Tester took the agreement and created the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act and has introduced it in the Senate. This Montana-created legislation should be supported by our entire Congressional delegation, but until now Sen. Steve Daines has not signed on to co-sponsor the bill nor has Rep. Greg Gianforte introduced companion legislation in the House.

In contrast to Jon Tester, his opponent this November is East Coast developer Matt Rosendale who has pushed to transfer our public lands. When Rosendale sees public lands, he sees an opportunity to develop their natural resources. He’s been a developer for most of his adult life, developing farmland into housing subdivisions. Now, wealthy landowners and developers across Montana have been dumping money into Rosendale’s campaign because they know they can count on him to prioritize their interests.

If you want your children and grandchildren to be able to enjoy the same beautiful Montana lands that we get to enjoy, you should vote for Jon this November. He is the only candidate for the Senate who can be counted on to fight for all Montanans — not just wealthy developers.

Debo Powers