Public Lands

In Montana, our public lands are a way of life. As your United States Senator, I will continue to fight for expanded access to our public lands. This includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the proper management of our forests to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Access to Montana’s many public lands must be properly managed in a collaborative effort. This includes by private citizens, Native American tribes, and federal and state governments. It is imperative that the federal government be good neighbors with private landowners, and I will fervently work to protect private property rights against improper government encroachment. Simply stated, I will fight to sustain our way of life in Montana for future generations. 

Daines Slams Biden Administration Over Dismissal of Montana Ag Concerns in APR Grazing Decision

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning demanding an explanation for the flagrant dismissal of Montana ag groups’ concerns in the decision making process for the America Prairie Reserve Grazing Proposal. “On July 28, 2022, the Bureau of Land Management issued a Final Decision for the America Prairie Reserve Grazing Proposal covering nearly 70,000 acres of land in Phillips County. As you know first-hand, given the unprecedented nature of this proposal—authorizing grazing by non-production livestock, eliminating interior fencing, and modifying the season of use—this proposal has garnered controversy

Daines Renews Call for Details of Biden’s Vague 30×30 Initiative

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, who serves as the Senate Western Caucus Chairman, sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland renewing his request for details on the Biden administration’s “30 by 30” initiative, or “America the Beautiful.” “As we have warned in the past, the lack of information and transparency leads many Westerners to fear the ‘America the Beautiful’ initiative is at best, a thoughtless approach to conservation, and at worst, a top-down land-grab,” the Chairmen wrote. “Healthy and resilient landscapes are the cornerstone of our western way of life. Those who are closest to the land,

Daines Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Complete the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

WASHIGNTON – Last week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation directing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior to prioritize completion of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) by the trail’s 50th anniversary in 2028. The Senator introduced The Continental Divide Trail Completion Act with Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.). “The Continental Divide Trail provides an unmatched outdoor experience for Montanans and visitors alike,” Daines said. “My bipartisan bill ensures the trail will continue to provide public access and a continuous route will finally be completed!” “The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

Daines Introduces Bill to Improve Conservation on Over 100,000 Acres of Public Land

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today introduced the “Montana Sportsmen Conservation Act” to restore wildlife habitats, enhance sportsmen opportunities, mitigate wildfire risk, and increase public access to public lands in Montana by removing restrictive Wilderness Study Area (WSA) designations that can hinder land management and public access. The legislation is supported by 19 local leaders and stakeholder groups. “After working with local stakeholders and county commissioners and looking at the science, I’m glad to introduce a bill that would enhance sportsmen opportunities and access, help restore wildlife habitats, and decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires,” Daines said. “For decades, land managers have been forced to decrease public access and unable to use

Daines Announces Over $53 Million to Support Outdoor Recreation & Conservation of Montana National Forests

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $53,639,674 will be allocated to support outdoor recreation and conservation on Montana national forests. These resources are provided through Daines’ bipartisan “Great American Outdoors Act” (GAOA). “The ‘Great American Outdoors Act’ was one of the greatest conservation victories in the past 50 years. I’m glad to see Montana national forests and public lands across the country receive important resources to support outdoor recreation and conservation through this historic bill,” Daines said. “As a fifth generation Montanan and avid outdoorsman, I look forward to seeing the continued implementation of the conservation bill to support Montana

Daines, Rosendale Slam Biden Admin for 90-Day Finding on Bison

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Representative Matt Rosendale today issued the following statements after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the completion of a 90-day finding on the petition to list bison Distinct Population Segment in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). They determined a listing action may be warranted. “The Biden Administration’s action today demonstrates a continued trend of placing politics over science. While Governor Gianforte’s petition to delist the grizzly bear continues to go unanswered, the Administration was once again quick to respond to the requests of activists despite the absence of concrete

Daines, Peters Bipartisan Resolution to Designate “Great Outdoors Month” Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines, top Republican on the Senate National Parks Subcommittee, and Gary Peters’ bipartisan resolution designating June 2022 as “Great Outdoors Month” passed the United States Senate.  “As a fifth generation Montanan and avid sportsman, I’m glad to designate June 2022 as ‘Great Outdoors Month.’ From hunting, to fly-fishing, to backpacking, exploring the great outdoors is part of our Montana way of life. I encourage folks to get outside and experience everything our national parks and public lands have to offer,” Daines said. “From Sleeping Bear Dunes to Pictured Rocks, Michigan is known for its iconic natural

Daines Takes Biden Admin to Task Over Politicizing Wolves, Bears in Montana

U.S. SENATE – At a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee last week, U.S. Senator Steve Daines slammed Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland for failing to follow her own agency’s science-based reviews and delist the grizzly bear and her continued politicization of Montana-led gray wolf management. Click HERE to watch and download the exchange. “Earlier this year you authored an editorial on gray wolves, devoid of any facts or substance, but nonetheless threatening my state with an emergency listing. Secretary Haaland, have wolf populations in the Northern Rockies Management Unit fallen below 100 wolves?” Daines asked. Secretary Haaland was unable to answer despite writing an editorial claiming the Department was “closely

Daines Introduces Bill to Reauthorize the National Park Foundation

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines, the top Republican on the National Parks Subcommittee, introduced a bill to reauthorize the National Park Foundation which will help increase support for Montana’s national parks. “Our national parks help set America apart from the rest of the world, and in Montana, our parks are part of our way of life,” Daines said. “The National Park Foundation continues to play an important role in supporting and amplifying the National Parks Service mission — we must continue to support them to help ensure folks can experience our parks for generations to come.” This funding is used by