If anyone doubts whether Montanans treasure public lands, they should have stood in the Capitol rotunda on Monday as more than 1,000 chanted the modern Montana mantra: "Keep public lands in public hands."
For the second Legislature in a row, conservation groups organized a public-lands rally to rattle the halls of the Legislature with the full-throat roar of those opposed to any bills furthering public-land transfer. And for the second Legislature in a row, Gov. Steve Bullock whipped the crowd into a fervor, shouting his tumbling words so those standing in the vaulted arches two floors above could hear. He once again vowed to veto any land transfer bills.Read More