Stop the Transfer of Montana's Public Lands

Swan Valley image courtesy of Bitterroot via Flickr

The Lake County Conservation District (LCCD) wants to give away 60,000 acres of YOUR public lands to state control for the next 100 years. If the LCCD gets their way, these lands would be managed for short-term profit only. The proposed management of these lands presents serious conservation risks and is bad for wildlife and sportsmen alike.

The misguided proposal would strip your public lands of any conservation or multiple-use mandates, and replace them with the same rules and regulations that govern state forests. As we know, the mandates that guide state land management in Montana are driven by resource extraction for revenue maximization, and do not require multiple-use considerations or address the conservation and enhancement of wildlife habitat, clean rivers, and streams, all of which are important to hunters, anglers, and other traditional user groups.

The LCCD is asking for public comment on their proposal to transfer management of tens of thousands of acres of your public lands. This proposal would be harmful for fish, wildlife, and Montana’s hunting heritage, and it needs to be stopped. This is your chance to speak up, and if sportsmen do not weigh in, the LCCD will likely move this shortsighted proposal forward to the governor’s office and the Montana delegation.

Please make your voice heard today!


  • Lake County Commissioner Bill Barron
  • Lake County Commissioner Gale Decker
  • Lake County Conservation District Chairman Jim Simpson
  • Lake County Commissioner Dave Stipe


Sportsmen Oppose the Management Transfer of our Swan Valley Public Lands

Dear [Decision Maker],

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Swan Resource Management Study conducted by the Lake County Conservation District (LCCD).

We oppose the proposal to transfer management of 60,000 acres of the Flathead National Forest to state management and administration for the next 100 years. This proposal would take public lands that belong to all of us and hand them to Lake County to be managed for maximum profit at the expense of fish, wildlife, and sportsmen.

We recommend that the LCCD and all local municipalities, as well as the state of Montana, work collaboratively with the U.S. Forest Service to find creative solutions for forest management without transferring the management of our public lands to the state.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]


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