• Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole

Wild Word - June 2016

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Pine Creek Lake. Photo by Walker Stole
Sun setting over Square Butte (photo by Bill Stricklin)

Sun setting over Square Butte (photo by Bill Stricklin)

H.R. 2316 would strip the Forest Service’s authority over millions of acres of forest lands and hand over management of these lands to state-appointed “advisory committees,” comprised of extractive industry representatives and county officials. These committees would manage millions of acres of National Forest lands – designated by Congress as “community forest demonstration areas” – in any way the committees choose.

Wildflowers blossoming on the Rocky Mountain Front (photo by Jane Timmerman)

Wildflowers blossoming on the Rocky Mountain Front (photo by Jane Timmerman)

Montana Governor Steve Bullock today unveiled a pro-public lands agenda that not only doubles down on rejecting the transfer of federal lands to the state, but also creates opportunities to expand conservation and recreation on our public lands.

Sunset over Thunderbird Mountain in Glacier National Park (photo by Jared Oyler)

Sunset over Thunderbird Mountain in Glacier National Park (photo by Jared Oyler)

As privately funded think tanks and radical politicians continue to promote the idea of transferring American public lands to individual states, it’s important to fully consider the significant consequences that land transfer would have on our economy and our enjoyment our public lands.