Debate over transferring federal public lands to state ownership or management has largely dominated Montana’s U.S. House race between the main party candidates.
Across the country, some state lawmakers and members of Congress are pushing to transfer federal lands to state ownership or control, a movement that has gained traction and created some controversy.
Incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke and challenger Democrat Denise Juneau both say their stances on these issues are clear.
“I have always been a strong supporter of public lands and have voted against the transfer or sale of public lands," Zinke says. "My position is known and well established.”
Denise Juneau says, “I remain 100 percent opposed to any transfer of management or selling of American public lands.”
The candidates have sparred over whether votes Zinke has taken in Congress, or Juneau on the state’s land board, are consistent with those statements.
Less talked about, though, is one case where the management of nearly 19,000 federally-managed acres in Northwest Montana could change hands.