State control of public lands is a bad thing. Most states don't have the money to manage the public lands. Additionally, many people think state management of public lands is the first step to eventually the public lands being sold off to either corporations or rich people who want the pristine land for themselves. Potentially in the future, if and when states get into financial trouble, many people can just hear the Republican politicians say, "Hey, our state is having budget trouble. Let's raise money by selling the public lands -- to the rich people (or corporations) who want the land, and who have so generously donated big bucks to our campaigns."
Democrats want to keep the public lands for everyone to enjoy, and explain their stance on the issue in the 2016 Montana Democratic Party Platform:
"HUNTING, FISHING, and OUTDOOR RECREATION
We recognize that the opportunity for Montanans to enjoy our spectacular landscapes, clean waters, and abundant fish and wildlife is an integral part of our heritage, identity, and lifestyle. We believe in public ownership of the fish, wildlife, streams and rivers of our state and rely on our government to hold these resources in trust for the beneficial use of our citizens and future generations.
The right to keep and bear arms as defined in both the Montana and the U.S. Constitutions.
Montanans’ right to participate in fair chase hunting, fishing, trapping, and outdoor recreation on our public lands, consistent with private property rights.
Montana’s Stream Access Law, including the public’s right to access streams at public bridges.
Federal ownership and management of current federal public lands in Montana and agency budget levels sufficient to meet management challenges.
Appropriate incentives to compensate landowners for the impacts of hunting and fishing, as well as the maintenance of wildlife habitat on private land.
? License fee levels adequate to fund the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ proper management of the public’s wildlife and fish and their habitat as public trust resources.
? Diversity in the interests and perspectives of members of commissions and boards charged with influencing public policy on natural resources and outdoor recreation.
? Efforts to reduce chronic wasting disease, whirling disease, and other wildlife afflictions, as well as noxious weeds and invasive aquatic species.
? Public hunting as an appropriate tool for managing game populations.
? Science-based decision-making for managing fish and wildlife.
? Adequate funding for Montana State Parks to provide recreational
opportunities and to preserve Montana’s heritage within Montana State Parks.
? Any net loss of publicly owned lands, including any proposal to sell off federal public lands or transfer authority of federal public lands to state governments.
? The private sale of wildlife or any tags or permits intended to authorize the harvest of wildlife by any source other than the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
? The increasing trend toward privatization and commercialization of public fish and wildlife18 resources in Montana."
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