Daines, Zinke support sell-off of Montana Public Lands
The resolution could lead to the privatization of Montana’s public lands - meaning outdoors enthusiasts would have restricted access to public lands and be forced to pay fees to access the land. Local taxpayers would likely face a tax hike to pay massive wildfire fighting costs while Montana ranchers could see a rapid increase in the cost of grazing leases on BLM and Forest Service land.
“Congressman Daines and Ryan Zinke would rather give massive tax breaks to millionaires and corporations than stand up for Montana’s outdoor heritage. Their special interest agenda comes at the expense of the things most important to Montanans,” said Bryan Watt, spokesperson for the Montana Democratic Party.
This isn’t the first time that Daines or Zinke have supported plans to sell off public lands and policies that affect conservation efforts.
Congressman Daines has twice voted for the Ryan Budget while Zinke has come out in strong support for the plan. The Ryan Budget champions selling public lands jeopardizing land conservation, restricting funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and cutting funds to preserve high-quality hunting and fishing habitats.
Daines is also pushing a top-down "Land Grab" bill that would open many of Montana’s best hunting grounds and trout streams to the timber industry and out-of-state special interests.