A new survey conducted by the University of Montana and Stanford University says a majority of Montana residents support transferring at least some federal public lands to state control. This is a shift from earlier polls and shows growing support for the concept.
Nearly 30 percent of the land within Montana’s borders is controlled or claimed by the federal government.
According to the poll, about 59 percent of Montanans want at least some federal lands to be transferred to the state. About 1/3 of respondents said they support the tactics used by the protesters who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year.
As the federal government’s War on the West constitutes to escalate, more people are realizing that only by transferring federal lands to the states will individuals have any hope of maintaining and increasing access, use, and productivity.
You can read more about the survey results here.
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