Jennifer Fielder is a member of the Montana State Senate. She has held that office since 2012. Fielder is also the CEO of the American Lands Council, an organization that advocates for the transfer of federal public lands to states. She supported the Trump administration’s national monument review and opposed funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). She voted against a bipartisan bill to implement Obama-era sage grouse conservation plans. Fielder sponsored a variety of anti-public lands bills in 2017.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Jennifer Fielder praised Donald Trump’s review of national monuments.
Jennifer Fielder says monument designation is “a tool to threaten Western states” and supports Donald Trump’s monument review. Fielder said, “’The increasingly massive acreages that have been unilaterally placed under ‘national monument’ designations calls attention to the need to restore a sensible process for protecting important cultural resources while preventing abuse of power,’ said ALC CEO Jennifer Fielder, who is also a Montana state senator. ‘We applaud President Trump for recognizing the importance of applying the Antiquities Act appropriately and taking steps to stop it from being used as a tool to threaten Western states and arbitrarily lock the public out of millions of acres of our public lands.’” [E&E, 04/26/17]
Jennifer Fielder opposes funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Jennifer Fielder opposes LWCF because she thinks all it does is “‘buy up more land and turn it over to the federal government.” Fielder “said she did not support permanently reauthorizing a fund that would ‘buy up more land and turn it over to the federal government.’ Fielder argued that federal land management agencies didn’t keep up with a backlog of maintenance and an expensive summer of wildfire suppression so they shouldn’t get more land.” [Montana on the Ground, 09/04/15]
Jennifer Fielder is the CEO of an organization that advocates for the transfer of federal public lands to states.
Jennifer Fielder is the CEO of the American Lands Council, an organization that advocates for the transfer of federal public lands to states. “The organization leading the charge for Western states to take over federal lands has a new leader. Montana State Sen. Jennifer Fielder is stepping up as CEO of the American Lands Council… ‘I believe (federal lands transfer) is the right thing for Montana and that’s the whole reason I support local decision making. But I realize that to help Montana you have to get other states to see the plight.’” [High Country News, 02/20/16]
Jennifer Fielder voted against a bill to implement Governor Bullock’s sage grouse management plan in 2015.
Jennifer Fielder voted against the bipartisan Sage Grouse Stewardship Act. According to the Montana Audubon Society, the bill created the “Sage Grouse Oversight Team to implement Governor Bullock’s Sage Grouse Management Plan. The bill provides a framework to enable Montana to conserve our sage grouse populations and enact voluntary conservation measures on private and public lands. Conservation groups such as Montana Audubon, working with the oil and gas industry, helped craft this Montana-made solution to protect the sage grouse population. (SB 261; 2/23/2015) Fielder opposed the bill. [Montana Conservation Voters Scorecard, 2015]
Jennifer Fielder sponsored a variety of anti-public lands bills in 2017.
Jennifer Fielder introduced a bill to authorize a “study of the impacts of transferring federal public land to the state of Montana.” Jennifer Fielder is “an outspoken transfer proponent,” and LC 2315, a bill to “study federal land conveyance.” [Missoulian, 01/30/17]
Jennifer Fielder sponsored legislation to “request conveyance” of federal public land to the state of Montana. Jennifer Fielder sponsored LC 2316, a resolution to “request conveyance” of federal land in the state of Montana to the state. The legislation remained “on hold” and never became more than a draft. [Missoulian, 01/30/17]
Jennifer Fielder sponsored a bill to amend Montana’s constitution to “safeguard the right to hunt, fish, and trap wildlife.” Fielder sponsored SB 236, a bill to “create a ballot initiative to put in Montana’s constitution the right for Montana citizens to hunt, fish and trap.” [Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 03/27/17]
Jennifer Fielder added an amendment to a bill recognizing the importance of public lands that would have “required the Montana Land Board to issue an annual report on public lands in the state.” Jennifer Fielder amended HB 491, a bill to create a day to celebrate public lands. Fielder’s amendment would have “stripp[ed] the governor’s proclamation and requir[ed] the Montana Land Board to issue an annual report on public lands in the state. The report required an inventory of state and federal lands, access changes, sales and values, and major shifts in management policy.” [Missoulian, 04/04/17]