Economc report finds Utah capable of managing federal lands - Washington Times.

“Those in favor of the state taking control of federal lands were buoyed by a report Monday that concluded the idea was financially feasible. Entitled"An Analysis of a Transfer of Federal Lands to the State of Utah,” the 784-page analysis found that Utah was capable of managing that property, now under the control of the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service.”

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Busted! State and Federal Government ignoring current scientific information - using obsolete 1980’s and 90’s projections to justify closing access on public lands. Attached image shows the 2005 PhD thesis results out of UM with over 20,000 GPS locations of 24 grizzly bears collected 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the Swan Valley Montana, verifying bears do not avoid roads and human activity. Recent DNA studies provide thousands of additional bits of data. Yet government bureaucrats insist a decades old, sub standard report based on two bears and obsolete technology with no scientific peer review is “best available science”, and as a result we must continue to close roads, prohibit human activity, shut down resource industries, and allow catastrophic wildfire fuel loads to accumulate on millions of acres of our public lands.

Yes, even today, the federal government and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks continue calling for removal, obliteration, and prohibition of access roads on millions of acres of Montana’s public land, citing Inter Agency Grizzly Bear Guidelines developed in the 1980’s instead of using the extensive modern technology of GPS Collar and DNA studies that prove many of the old projections wrong.

Over the past two years I have brought this issue to federal authorities numerous times and publicly asked them to correct the oversight. Yesterday I brought it to Montana’s Environmental Quality Council and received a unanimous vote of approval in favor of the following letter from the bi-partisan legislative council. In addition, I and twenty five other elected officials from NW Montana & North Idaho submitted a similar letter to the Cabinet-Yaak IGBC Sub Committee earlier this week.

May 15, 2014

To: Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks and the Inter Agency Grizzly Bear Committee

We hereby request that the IGBC and all appropriate state and federal agencies immediately update the Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan and other related resource management plans and activities so that they are based upon today’s best available science related to grizzly bears.

The reasoning for this recommendation should acknowledge the following points:

• The 1993 USFWS Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan is outdated.
The 21-year old Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan published in 1993, which includes the Selkirk and Cabinet/Yaak recovery zones, is no longer based on the"best available science”.

• Important new research is available.
Recent grizzly bear studies based upon GPS satellite monitoring (rather than the limitations of older radio-telemetry monitoring) and DNA analysis offer better quality and more accurate data upon which to revise recovery goals.

Recent GPS and DNA studies in Northwest Montana show: grizzly bear movement and genetic connectivity between the North Continental Divide, Yaak/Cabinet, and Selkirk grizzly bear recovery zones. Congress directed the US Fish and Wildlife Service that the authority to designate Distinct Population Segments be exercised"sparingly and only when the biological evidence indicates that such action is warranted,” (Senate Report 151, 96th Congress, 1st Session).

• Proper planning is critical for bears, people, and resource management.
The current recovery plan, based upon outdated science, continues to impact resource management and limit access and use of public lands, land management options, and our economy.

Use of current scientific information is expected to better inform resource managers of bear habits and provide evidence which could lead to improved management and expedited delisting, bringing much needed relief to resource managers and people in affected communities.


Sen John Brenden, Chairman
Rep Bill McChesney, Vice Chair

Montana Environmental Quality Council

MT Senator Jennifer Fielder’s Op-Ed on the Transfer of Public Lands

MT Senator Jennifer Fielder’s Op-Ed on the Transfer of Public Lands | American Lands Council |::

“Montana Senator Jennifer Fielder is fantastic at what she does. She is extremely passionate about lands issues and is a true environmentalist. She recently attended the Western States Legislative Summit which was held on April 17-18, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The purpose of the Summit was to begin collaborations between western states to compel Congress to transfer title of public lands to the states. After the summit she released a press release on the summit and the importance of the transfer of public lands. You can view the original Op-Ed that was published in the Clark Fork Valley Press here or read it below.”

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:

Fifty legislators request review of Water Compact – Sen Fielder to be at Sanders County Expo at Plains High School 10am-3pm this Saturday to discuss issues with public. by Senator Jennifer Fielder, R - Montana State Senate District 7
March 24, 2014

Agreeing each vote should be an informed vote, fifty Montana legislators recently requested independent review of the proposed CSKT (Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes) Water Compact.

You may recall the Compact failed to meet legislative approval last year. The legislature wanted to study the proposal during the off year in 2014, but the governor vetoed the bill in keeping with the tribe’s"take it or leave it” ultimatum.

Legislators have been asking for in depth professional expertise on this matter because this particular law is complicated, contentious, and if ratified it would last FOREVER. It will undoubtedly come before us again in 2015.

This year Representatives Nancy Ballance, R - Ravalli County and Keith Regier, R - Flathead County presented a legislative interim committee requesting independent studies of the Compact. One third of the entire legislature signed the request.

The tribe’s attorney testified in opposition to the studies, contending the Compact doesn’t need to be looked at any further. But many legislators feel we need unbiased information to make a responsible decision.
“When HB 629 (the proposed CSKT Compact) was introduced it had a fiscal note attached but no legal review,” Rep. Regier testified."Legal Services Office of the legislative staff provides a legal review of bills that could ‘raise potential issues based on plain constitutional language conflicts and Federal Court and Montana Supreme Court case law.’ I was surprised that off reservation water rights and the development of a new water right regulatory agency (Unitary Management Ordinance)… did not trigger a legal review.”

Regier continued,"I was told by Legal Services that a legal review was not done because there is a lack of case law in these areas. With a lack of case law on these two issues that means the CSKT Compact is breaking new ground and setting precedent that can be far reaching. That makes it imperative that legislators have as much information possible before making a decision on this compact. Having a MEPA study, private property assessment, and an economic review will make each vote an informed vote.”

Many irrigators have testified against the current proposal because it would cut their historic water use in half, jeopardizing the ability to raise productive crops. Others believe having their water rights placed under authority of a tribal entity will violate their constitutional right to equal protection under U.S. & Montana law.

The fact that the Flathead reservation was opened to white settlement has resulted in a mixed land ownership pattern of private and tribal lands within the reservation boundary. The federal government has made promises to the tribe, homesteaders, and irrigators. In some cases the federal promises are contradictory to one another.

The legislature does not convene again until 2015, so there is time to study the laws, the facts, the proposal, and the probable impacts. I will continue in any way I can to seek out thorough and unbiased review of the compact.

It’s important to note there are Indian and non-Indian people who favor the compact as well as oppose it. Moving forward with caution and seeking independent analysis to get the facts on the table is the responsible thing to do.

It would be helpful if citizens and decision makers on both sides of the issue stay informed and engaged in thoughtful review and respectful dialogue. If we do that, we may be able to solve this.
"None of the legislators are saying there shouldn’t be a compact.” Regier concluded."There are just too many unanswered questions for them to feel comfortable supporting the compact in its present form. Some legislators are comfortable in supporting the compact now. Help me and others attain that same confidence. Let’s do the studies that will answer the questions the compact raises.”

This Saturday I will be at the Sanders County Expo at Plains High School from 10am to 3pm to share detailed information on some of the top legislative issues including the CSKT Water Compact, the state’s federal land study, and nationwide efforts to transfer federally managed public lands to the states. Please stop by if you would like to discuss these or any other issues important to you. I can also be reached at

Drug runners and terrorists using “protected” federal lands to sneak into U.S.A.. THE WESTERNER: The plunge toward border wilderness:

““We need to learn from our previous mistakes of designating protected lands anywhere near the border,” he lectures."Those protected lands just become a conduit for transnational criminal organizations … every time and every place.””

On 100th anniversary of suffrage in Montana, exhibit tells stories of Montanan women.

“While some push for quotas calling for equal representation, Sen. Jennifer Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, isn’t one of them. She doesn’t see politics as a game of gender, but rather, a collection of representatives who are best suited for the job.”

Here are a couple points I would like to make that were left out of the story:

You could force male/female ratios that match the voter demographic by requiring people to vote only for candidates of their own gender. But that would interfere with people’s right to choose the representation which they believe is best. It would be un-American and a clear violation of our Constitutional rights.

I find it extremely hypocritical that the man who recently introduced the ballot initiative to require an equal number of men and women in the Montana legislature is a man who ran against me in 2012 and tried to knock me, the only female in the race, out of contention so a male could win the seat.

Government works for YOU

Communication from your State Senate
By Senator Jennifer Fielder, R - Montana State Senate District 7
Feb 13, 2014

Government works for YOU

American government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. At least it is supposed to.

I believe one of the most important aspects of public service is listening to the people I serve and understanding what is important to you.

It would be awesome if I could meet everyone in my Senate District, learn each and every name, and hear your own unique story, ideas, and insights. I would like to be able to tell you what I am working on each day and invite you to weigh in. After all, it’s YOUR government, right?

Do you want to know what your public servants are doing beforehand, or find out after the fact? Is there a certain law you want me to vote for or against? Do you have information that would help me understand why I should vote a certain way? If so, how and when do you best communicate it to me? How do I tell you what I am doing?

This past week has been loaded with activity at home and as I traveled the state to discuss Walleye, Federal Lands, and the Water Compact.

I can only do so much through the traditional newspaper column every two weeks. The in-person conversations are, by far, the best. But due to a variety of circumstances, these methods have their limits and aren’t nearly as effective as today’s technology allows. Whether it be meetings, phone calls, or correspondences, it is really tough to keep up with exchanging all the information we could be sharing with each other.

So for those who use the internet, I have been working on a special project to streamline communications and give you a unique inside look at what I do, tips on how the legislature works, and numerous opportunities for you to participate as much or as little as you like.

At you’ll find daily updates and photos, election information, voter registration materials, the U.S. & Montana Constitutions, a searchable data base of all Montana State laws, links to the audio and video of legislative proceedings, my background info, extensive information about key issues, plus a variety of ways to connect with me and tell me what’s on your mind.

You’ll also get a glimpse into both my public and my home life, so you can get to know me more personally. The better we know each other, the better we can understand and, hopefully, help each other.

Not everyone is comfortable with the internet or social media yet, but this really can be an instant and effective communication tool if we use it in that way.

Please look me up at, take a tour, connect with me via your favorite social media, sign in on the engage form to tell me what’s important to you, and check in often to share ideas, events, and info. Please encourage your friends to do the same!

I look forward to seeing you and all our friends there!

Commissioner Foss weighs in on threats to western Montana land, water…. Open Letter to Senator Jennifer Fielder | Western Montana Water Rights::

“Dear Senator Fielder, The Fed is broke yet they just announced the new agreement with the CSKT funding the acquisition of private property within the tribal boundaries at the cost to the tax payers…”

Working hard on solving problems with federal land management

We had some informative hearings on SJ-15 Montana’s Study of Federal Land Management this week at the capitol. As Chair of the study, my goals are to reduce wildfire hazard, keep public access open, take better care of the environment, provide good jobs, and fund local services through responsible resource management.…posts