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Public Lands

As a fifth generation Montanan, Ryan understand how important our public lands are to our local economies, communities, and more importantly, our very way of life. In Montana, our land IS our way of life. Our wealth of natural resources creates jobs, supports families, and promotes recreation. It is of utmost importance that we preserve the public’s access to these lands.  In January 2015, Congressman Zinke told the Montana State Legislature, “I will not tolerate selling our public lands.” The amount of red tape surrounding the federal government’s management of lands directly hurts Montana. Many sections of our forests are so poorly tended to that a single lit match can completely wipe out decades of timber growth and habitat preservation. Rep. Zinke believes we need to find a way to cut through the bureaucracy to ensure our parks, forests, and other public areas may be properly maintained and used effectively by all Montanans.

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September 26, 2016 Press Release

Zinke Votes For and Passes National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act

Montana Outdoor Community Expresses Support

September 15, 2016 Press Release

Montana Congressional Delegation Announces $2 Million for Whitefish Lake Watershed Project


U.S. CONGRESS — U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke today announced $2 million in funding for the Whitefish Lake Watershed Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Project.  The funding is made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

September 13, 2016 Press Release

Zinke Applauds Advancement of Forest Management and Wildfire Fix in Senate

Calls on Senate Dems to stop the shenanigans, allow a full vote

September 6, 2016 Press Release

Zinke Announces $3.5 Million Grant for West Yellowstone Airport

(CONGRESS) September 6, 2016 – Today, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke announced a $3,582,740 grant for the West Yellowstone Airport located in West Yellowstone, MT. The airport operates between June and September and serves both the tourism community and is the base for smokejumpers during wildfire season. Delta estimates about 8,000 commercial passengers go through the airport during the abbreviated season. As more people visit Big Sky, that number is only expected to grow.

June 15, 2016 Press Release

Zinke does it again: Bucks party leaders and votes NO on transferring ownership of public lands

June 14, 2016 Press Release

Video: Rep. Zinke & Billing’s Union Leader, Mike Johnson, hold hearing fighting for Montana coal jobs

Johnson: “I lost a darn good-paying job…These coal miners don’t have anyplace to go.”

June 9, 2016 Press Release

Montana Congressional Delegation Pushes Forest Service to Advance Permitting Process for Rock Creek Mine

(U.S. Congress)—Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke this week pushed the U.S. Forest Service to finalize an important document and advance a decades-old permitting process for the Rock Creek Mine in northwest Montana.

April 15, 2016 Press Release

Zinke Supports Conservation Package

April 6, 2016 Press Release

Zinke Criticizes Air Force and Guard for Leaving Montana & Northwestern States Unprotected Against Wildfires

March 2, 2016 Press Release

DOI Secretary and BLM Director Admit Knowing Nothing About Bison, Zinke Demands Accountability, Transparency & Fairness for Montana Ranchers and Farmers

BLM Chief to Zinke: “You’re educating me on this”