Wildlife Protection and Management

As Commissioner, I will be a loud voice in the legislative arena backing new laws to create a permanent structure for protecting endangered species. The Montana State National Environmental Policy Act model legislative initiative has components of this idea. Furthermore, the previously mentioned restoration initiative focusing on State Land Office tracts with outstanding habitat values will complement each other. An ambitious habitat restoration initiative in the Luera Mountains should be inclusive of a Mexican grey wolf reintroduction/expansion plan. Similar restoration initiatives for prairie chickens and sand dune lizards have huge implications on state lands.

When elected, the State Land Office will do an immediate species landscape assessment using United States Fish and Wildlife Services data to determine not only which state tracts impact these species, but which tracts have the greatest potential for habitat restoration for these particular creatures.

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