Rep. Zinke Addresses Joint Session; Speaks Of Multiple Use On Federal Lands

By Darryl L. Flowers | Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 5:15 pm

Montana’s U.S. Representative, Ryan Zinke addressed a joint session of the Montana Legislature last week.

In his opening, watched via a video link, the congressman spoke about the bureaucracy in Washington, DC, telling the story of his attempt at hanging a picture in his office. Zinke said, “there was a number to call for that,” and when he called the number, “three people show up. We are drowning in bureaucracy.”

Rep. Zinke spoke about public lands, saying, “Our public lands are sacred. Public access and public lands and Multiple Use are part of our heritage. But, so is the mismanagement, and that’s when we have to take a stand.”

“Multiple Use” refers to the Multiple-Use Sustained-Yield Act of 1960, in regards to National Forests.

The congressman said that part of the problem with public lands is that the authority of local Forest Service staff has been  “stripped away”

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