Steve Bullock is the governor of Montana. He has held that office since 2013. He opposes the reduction of national monuments. He supports mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), opposes the transfer of federal public lands to states, and is concerned about changes to the Obama-era sage grouse plans.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Governor Bullock opposed the Trump Administration’s review of national monuments.
Governor Bullock said Trump’s orders to review and shrink national monuments “pulls the rug out” from western economies. In an op-ed, Bullock wrote, “If President Trump had grown up the way so many of us have, he might feel differently about pulling the rug out from under so many people whose livelihoods depend on our access to public lands. Trump’s decision to substantially shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah reveals how at the most basic level he and his administration misunderstand what it means to preserve and protect our history — our heritage — for future generations.” [Washington Post, 12/07/17]
Governor Bullock supports full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Bullock urged Congress to support full mandatory funding and permanent reauthorization of the LWCF. “Governor Steve Bullock again urged Congress to support full mandatory funding and permanent reauthorization of the LWCF, which expired in September. … ‘The LWCF has made Montana a richer and more productive place to live and work. While some in Washington DC wring their hands over how to move forward, Montanans know a good thing when they see it,’ Bullock said, adding ‘The current structure and flexibility that is built into the LWCF has served Montana well.’” [Governor Bullock Press Release, 11/18/15]
Governor Bullock opposes the transfer of federal public lands to states.
Bullock said transferring federal public lands to states “would be damn foolish.” Governor Bullock said, “Investing in our lands will pay off economically for decades to come, and transferring those lands out of public hands would be damn foolish, not only for today but for future generations as well. Outdoor recreation has now become among our nation’s largest economic sectors, representing the lifeblood for thousands of American communities large and small, providing livelihood for millions of American workers.” [Salt Lake Tribune, 07/27/17]
Governor Bullock warned that Interior’s approach to sage grouse “fuels uncertainty.”
Bullock said Interior’s decision to re-open Obama-era sage grouse plans would “undermine years of bipartisan collaboration.” He said, “The Department of Interior’s approach to Sage-Grouse continues to fuel uncertainty. I’m worried they are heading down a path that not only undermines years of bipartisan collaboration between private landowners, conservation groups, industry and state and federal partners, but also invites new risks of an endangered species act listing. I join other governors in requesting that Secretary Zinke meet with us to meaningfully consult and chart a more thoughtful path forward.” [Governor Bullock Press Release, 10/05/17]