Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Just completed 16 hours of hearings at USFS objection meetings with concerns over the Kootenai & Idaho Panhandle National Forest plans.

Through the formal objection process the vast majority of citizens, county commissioners, and legislators involved in this agonizing process made it clear that proposed federal plans fail to comply with the laws, or properly address local concerns. The Washington DC decision maker says he will make his final decision within 30 days. I expect some corrections to be pursued, but only time will tell if the decisions will be more harmful or turn in favor of our communities.

Just completed 16 hours of formal objection meetings concerning problems with USFS plans for the Kootenai & Idaho Panhandle forests

It has taken years to get to this point. Kudos to all the citizens, county commissioners, and legislators who hung in there to speak up for local communities through this excruciating process.

The fate of our national forest lies in the hands of this federal employee from Washington DC who just saw the forest for the first time on his drive to Libby last night.

How well will he do? We will see. He came here to discuss 4 of the 200 objections before rendering a decision. He will not allow the other 196 objections to be open for discussion prior to him making a final decision.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Happening now -In public meeting today, USFS touts "open transparent process" then decision maker James Pena says "the resolution on those issues (196 out of 200 formal objections) will come out when I sign the decision. (The negative impacts on local communities) is not for discussion today."

Attending an Objection Resolution meeting regarding Idaho Panhandle National Forest today... Interested parties and objectors were told we could participate in today's meeting by phone. An hour and a half after everyone present was introduced, those of us calling in have still not been acknowledged, recognized, or allowed to speak or ask questions.

Just one more example of why management of our public lands needs to be transferred to the states so representatives accountable to the people who live here are given responsibility for land management decisions.

Monday, April 28, 2014

State would manage land better than BLM

Las Vegas Review-Journal::

"If the U.S. Bureau of Land Management were a business, its Nevada executives would be fired. They’ve managed to lose money on vast assets capable of generating massive amounts of wealth.

Of course, the BLM isn’t a business. It’s part of the federal government, which cares nothing about delivering a return on equity to its shareholders, the taxpaying citizens of the United States."

Saturday, April 26, 2014

What a wonderful way to finish my visit to Salt Lake City with Ken & Becky Ivory at the LD S Temple Square. Beautiful place.

What an amazing time and place.Sent from my iPhone

Ken Ivory explains the Transfer of Lands resolution in 60 seconds, the crowd roars in support!

The American Lands Council booth at UTGOP convention was packed all day.

Waiting for the verdict...

Transfer of Lands resolution passes app. 3700 to 6 at UTGOP. Way to go @KenIvory & co!

On the air with Rod Arquette via speaker phone.

With Mia Love and Ken Ivory at the UTGOP Convention today.

4,000 delegates in the room today... all Republicans.Sent from my iPhone

Mia Love & I at UTGOP today.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Could not ask for better company!

Told you it was going to be a great day! What a way to top off it off with UT Rep Ivory & Cruz.

Happening now,,, dinner with Utah Governor Herbert

Sure is nice to spend time with a Republican governor. Sent from my iPhone

Stopping to smell the flowers. Yes Montana, Utah is already in bloom

Transfer of Public Lands panelists UT Rep Keven Stratton, MT Senator Jennifer Fielder, NV Senator Mark Hutchison, UT Rep Ken Ivory and our moderator UTGOP Vice Chair Willy Billings

The TPL issue drew a full house. Sent from my iPhone

A full house for our panel on Transfer of Public Lands at WGOP

Visiting with Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart just before going on stage at Western Republican Leadership Conference.

The Transfer of Public Lands panel went very well.Sent from my iPhone

It is going to be a great day!

I have the honor of joining UT Rep Ken Ivory, UT Rep Keven Stratton, & NV Sen Mark Hutchison in sharing the case for Transfer of Public Lands at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City today. I will be sharing findings to date from SJ15, Montana's study of the problems with federal land management which reveal why we must correct the current system of the unaccountable, top down, dysfunctional bureaucracy emanating from WA DC.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hey feds - stop closing our public lands!

Western officials discuss taking land from feds:

"Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.

"Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands," said Fielder, a Republican who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls. "We have to start managing these lands. It's the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms.""

My dinner dates... after a long but good day.

Rep Keven Stratton and Rep Ken Ivory check listener comments after our TPL webcast. Early reports indicate we had 50,000 viewers tonight. We'll be on at the Western Republican Leadership Conference at 9am tomorrow.

Breakfast with the Ivorys...

Ken & Becky Ivory, as usual working their tales off for freedom. # americanlandscouncil

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Look who I ran into at the Missoula Airport...

On my way to Utah again, this time to speak about restoring wise stewardship of our public lands at the Western GOP Leadership Conference. Old school foresters like this fine fellow want to see a return to forest health and productivity... Amazing how many retired forest service employees have come forward in favor of transfer of public lands.

Update from Senator Fielder - Western Lawmakers Get Serious About Transferring Federal Lands to States

By Senator Jennifer Fielder, R - Montana State Senate District 7 -

Last week I joined leaders from throughout western America at the Utah state capitol for serious discussions about transferring federally controlled public lands to the states. As chair of Montana's study on federal land management, I was invited to join Montana's Speaker of the House Mark Blasdel, Senate Majority Leader Art Wittich, and Senate President Pro Tem Debby Barrett in the multi-state talks.

Several western states and counties have already implemented task forces to study various aspects of transitioning to state-based public land ownership. Last week's legislative summit in Salt Lake City provided an opportunity for interested representatives and leading experts to exchange the information gathered so far and gauge interest in moving forward.

Upon returning home I provided in depth insights about the purpose of the summit and the overall federal lands issues in this speech given at Kalispel, Montana:

The urgency to make significant corrections in federal land management is no secret. Conditions are so bad here in Montana, Governor Bullock just declared 5 million acres of western Montana national forests in need of expedited treatment due to declining forest health and imminent risks to the public. Unfortunately the national farm bill, which allows for the expedited treatments, came with no funding or guarantees that timely results will be achieved.

Recognizing the severity of the situation last year the Montana legislature enacted SJ-15 to require a bi-partisan study seeking corrective actions to solve problems with federal land management. That legislation drew broad bi-partisan support, received 83% approval, and was ranked by the state legislature as Montana's number two interim priority. I was the chief sponsor of SJ-15 and have been assigned to Chair the bi-partisan legislative study group. We are exploring a number of options to bring about more responsible public land management. Transfer of Public Lands is the most significant proposal under consideration at this time.

The need to make serious corrections in the way federal lands are managed is recognized across party lines. In his address to the Western Governors Association last summer, Montana's democrat Governor Steve Bullock
remarked, "There's a real high degree of frustration when it comes to management of our federal forest lands. In Montana alone the numbers are astounding. Since 2000, 6.3 million acres of Montana's forests have been affected by the mountain pine beetle. 4.3 million acres of forest and range lands have been impacted by wildfire. The urgency is so apparent."

Bullock continued, "Wildlife habitat has been degraded, watersheds are at extreme risk, endangering key fisheries and clean water. Fire danger is off the charts, threatening local communities and stifling recreation, to say nothing of the economies of our rural communities. We now can't wait for the federal government, though, to figure out a solution. It's up to us as westerners to really bring answers forward, which brings me back, to I guess, my experience as a member of managing Montana's public lands. I think that model works well because there is a clarity of purpose, first of all. Secondly with 5 statewide elected officials managing these lands there is direct accountability for decision making."

Comparison reports show western states manage millions of acres of public lands in a responsible manner while providing multi-use access and significant revenues for our schools, universities, veteran homes, and school for the deaf and blind.

On the other hand, the U.S. forest service has been systematically shutting down access, allowing fuel loads to reach catastrophic wildfire levels, and losing money at an alarming rate since the early 1990's. Federal policies are failing our forests, our environment, and our communities.

Many people do not realize Hawaii and all states east of Montana were as much as 90% federally controlled at one time. Today the vast majority of public lands there are under state control. Yet over 50% of the west still remains under federal control, even though permanent federal ownership of public lands is not consistent with the laws prescribed by our Constitution and Statehood Enabling Acts.

The legal history is quite extensive, going back all the way to 1780. In a nutshell, the federal government was only to hold the lands as temporary trustee. When Hawaii won a unanimous Supreme Court decision to assume
ownership of their public lands in 2009, Utah and other states began taking a closer look at their options.

During the follow up press conference in Utah last Friday, Idaho Speaker of the House Scott Bedke affirmed that forests and rangeland managed by states suffer less damage and watershed degradation from wildfire than lands
managed by federal agencies.

"It's time the states in the West come of age," Bedke said. "We're every bit as capable of managing the lands in our boundaries as the states east of Colorado."

Many leaders in western states understand that transitioning to state-based management would allow us to better care for the lands, reduce wildfire hazard, restore a balance of multiple use access and economic production, better respond to local desires, and bring a whole lot of good jobs back to the rural west.

The Republican National Committee, National Association of Counties, Utah Education Association, and Coalition of Montana Chambers are among the first to pass resolutions in support of transfer of public lands.

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God bless you and the land that we love!

Senator Jennifer Fielder
Montana State Senate - District 7

Saturday, April 19, 2014

No place like home...

Utah meetings were well worth the trip, but it sure is nice to be back home on the land that I love. Thank you to all the state & county leaders who participated in the western states legislative summit for transfer of public lands, and to all the good people who support our efforts. This only solution big enough is going viral!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Western officials discuss taking federal lands from feds

Western officials discuss taking land from feds |

"Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.

"Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands," said Fielder, a Republican who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls. "We have to start managing these lands. It's the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms.""

Discussing BIG ideas with U.S. Senator Mike Lee and Utah Representative Ken Ivory today.

Federal land management is a BIG problem in every western state. Solving the problems will require BIG solutions, bold leadership, and fact based conversations at every level...

U.S. Senator Mike Lee discussing ways to solve the problems with federally managed lands. Montana Majority Leader Art Wittich (center right) and other western state leaders convened in Salt Lake City for intensive, solution-based discussions.

Not just another day at the office...

State legislative leadership from throughout the west arriving at the Utah Capitol today to work together on placing stewardship of federally controlled public lands with the states. It is time. Live press conference at 4pm MST. @honorthepromise

A glorious walk this morning on the way to the Utah Capitol.

Pictured here with Montana legislative leadership Senator Art Wittich, Senator Denny Barrett, and Rep Mark Blasdel in front of the temple of the SLC Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Now to work

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Montana delegation made it safe & sound to Salt Lake City

All business upon arrival this evening. Montana Majority Leader Art Wittich, Speaker Mark Blasdel, Pres Pro Tem Debby Barrett & I are convening with other western state leaders to discuss transfer of public lands.

Rep Ken Ivory will appear on Glen Beck between 3pm - 3:30 MST Friday, and there will be wider press coverage later in the day.

Loading up for a road trip with Majority Leader Wittich, Speaker Blasdel, and Senate President Pro Tem Barrett

On our way to the Utah Capitol. Sent from my iPhone

Friday, April 11, 2014

Working with the good people of Tri Con Timber to save jobs in NW Montana.

It is a shame that the forest is now rotting faster than it is growing yet the federal government "does not have the capacity" to let the dead and dying timber be harvested in a timely manner. This is one of the last 8 mills in Montana and it is located in the most prolific timber region in the U.S. Yet they have to get their logs from 450 miles away. Thanks to senseless federal bureaucracy like that, Montana's timber industry is an endangered species.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

You had to be there...

Words can't describe how fun it is to hang out and sing songs with the down home folks at Wild Coyote on "jam & gab" night :) I needed that !

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What a guy... Fajita Bob Brown pitches in to help another candidate!

Bob had his sign up in a few minutes and then helped the Matt Rosendale crew get their sign up too. What a team player! Proud to know both Matt and Bob -- they are class acts!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Western Republican Leadership Conference will feature Cruz, Lee, Love, Priebus, Ivory, Fielder and more

This year's Western Republican Leadership Conference promises to be a bold and energetic event headlined by Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, Sen Orrin Hatch, Mia Love, Utah Gov Gary Herbert, NM Gov Susana Martinez, Congressman Raul Labrador and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus April 23-25 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Utah Representative Ken Ivory, Nevada State Senator Mark Hutchison, and Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder will lead off the Friday morning panel discussing the growing national movement to transfer federally managed public lands to the states.

With a fiscally challenged federal government that is known more for mismanagement than management and is systematically implementing massive public access closures across the west, the effort to turn control of public lands over to the states has picked up national support. Several states already passed legislation to enact or study the issue and some are taking steps to prepare for what many believe is an inevitable transition to responsible management through localized decision making authority.

In 2013 the National Association of Counties passed a resolution calling for transfer of federally managed public lands to the states. At the recent Republican National Committee winter meeting a resolution passed calling upon "all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the imminent transfer of public lands to all willing western states for the benefit of these western states and for the nation as a whole." That resolution passed with overwhelming support.

Panelists will delve into the legal and historical case for the transfer of public lands as well as environmental and economic successes of the state management models which sharply contrast the failed federal approach that has emanated from Washington DC in recent decades.

Retired school teacher and Congressman Rob Bishop and others will follow up the transfer of lands topic by spotlighting the untapped potential for the west and how that relates to better funding local services and education.

According to the Institute for Energy Research there is over $150 trillion of energy resources locked up on federally held lands in the west. The advantages of modern technology allow for environmentally responsible resource production, but antiquated federal policies and neo-environmental obstructionists have driven public access and production to all time lows.

Cruz, Lee, Priebus & Utah Governor Gary Herbert are scheduled to host the main event Friday evening.

Further details and registration information is available at