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Keep Public Lands in Public Hands!

By Glenn Ferren


November 23, 2016
Wednesday AM

The Mormon Senator from Thompson Falls (Jennifer Fielder) works for the American Lands Council, Ken Ivory, and the LDS church. The ultimate goal of this group is to turn our public lands into prime real estate for wealthy individuals (Wilks brothers, ex), corporations in the real estate business (Weyerhaeuser, ex), and organizations looking to acquire hundreds of thousands of acres (LDS, ex).

The State of Montana does not have the resources, expertise, or manpower to manage the equivalent of (1) forest service regional office. Every state that has ever been given public land has sold it. Even state trust lands (for education) go on the sales block. The eastern states have in most cases (0) public lands left.

When the American Lands Council started, it sold snake oil telling county commissioners that it could get public lands transferred by suing the federal government. That idea was given the death it deserved when (11) of (12) western states Attorney Generals concurred and released a report this year saying that boat won't float. ALC regrouped and decided what it could not get by lawsuit, it would try to get by law (pilot projects) via some bills now in the House of Representatives. (Think Rob Bishop, Mormon, House Natural Resources Committee)

You can be informed by keeping up with public lands information and related issues on my Facebook MTpubliclands page. Why would we give our public lands to the state ? we already own them. State land is not public land.

PS: And it is interesting to note that very little attention has been given (by the media) to the following: Watchdog Group Seeks Sen. Fielder's Emails on Land Transfers, Flathead Beacon Nov 1, 2016 Thompson Falls Republican says eight-month delay in fulfilling records request is due to lack of time Sen. Fielder seems intent on delaying disclosure until or close to her upcoming election on November 8, suggesting she seeks to deprive the voters of Montana of information that may prove useful in casting their ballots for state senator, according to the organization s letter to Barrett. If true, all of this would be a gross violation of the meaning and intent of Montana's public records law. (Fielder failed to release those records before the election, "too busy")

Glenn Ferren
St Regis, Montana

Received November 21, 2016 - Published November 23, 2016

About:"Former BLM Computer Specialist, Proud Public Lands Owner"

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