Public lands offer a promise to every hardworking Montana family that they can access and enjoy the best our state has to offer. A promise that says these places are for all of us, not just for the wealthy or the privileged. That is a promise Denise Juneau will keep to the people of Montana. Denise will always fight to protect access to our public lands, and she’s 100 percent opposed to the transfer or sale of our land.
Denise has four priorities when it comes to protecting access to public lands and growing our recreation and resource economies:
- Prevent the sale or transfer of America’s public lands
- Put more people to work in the woods
- Cut red tape for Montana businesses
- Invest in the future of our forests, rivers and parks
PROTECT AMERICA’S PUBLIC LANDS
Public lands offer a promise to every hardworking Montana family that they can access and enjoy the best our state has to offer. A promise that says these places are for all of us, not just for the wealthy or the privileged. That is a promise Denise Juneau will keep to the people of Montana. She will always fight to protect access to our public lands, and is 100 percent opposed to the transfer or sale of our land.
PUTTING PEOPLE TO WORK IN THE WOODS
We need to streamline environmental review by applying the Healthy Forests Restoration Act to collaboratively developed forest projects.
We must work community-by-community and listen to the Montana-made solutions that are being developed right here at home. The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project is a great example of collaboration and community partnerships.
CUTTING RED TAPE
It’s time to pass the Recreation Not Red Tape Act so that recreation permits are easier to get. There is no reason it should take five years for organizers of a bike race to get the proper permits they need to host an event on a national forest.
It’s also time to pass the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, which will expand recreation opportunities on our public lands and reduce the bureaucratic burden on film crews of five or fewer.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF FORESTS, RIVERS, PARKS
We must pass the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act. This will put an end to fire borrowing and fix how we fund fighting forest fires. Wildfire costs have more than doubled over the last two decades. Last year, the cost of fighting and preventing fires burned through more than half of the Forest Service’s budget, which makes it nearly impossible for the agency to do its work.
It’s long past time that we fully fund and permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The fund is why we have city parks in every corner of the state, baseball fields in Butte, Lake Elmo in Billings, Giant Springs in Great Falls, and Spring Meadow Lake State Park in Helena.
But, the House’s Interior Appropriations bill that Congressman Zinke just voted for cuts $128 million from an already shrinking LWCF. We must do better so that parks, fishing access sites, and trails are available for future generations.
It’s also time we tackle the growing maintenance backlog in our national parks and forests. Between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, 5 million visitors spend nearly $500 million enjoying our parks – we need to make sure the National Park Service and Forest Service have the resources they need to keep our outdoor spaces safe and open to the public.