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"The mission of PLWA is to maintain, restore, and perpetuate public access to the boundaries of all Montana public land and waters."
WHAT MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PUBLIC LAND / WATER ACCESS ASSOCIATIONThe results of a mid 2013 PLWA member survey showed just how much they appreciate the organization and what it does. Here are some of the representative comments: “Our public lands are what make this a great state. I would have left after high school but even though Montana has low wages, it offers a wealth of outdoor experiences." "MONTANANS WITHOUT ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND & WATER ARE BANKRUPT!” “We need PLWA. Often local or county government officials are not interested in getting involved in access. It takes strong prodding by PLWA to get them to take any action. ... (more)
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As you all know 2013 has been a busy year for PLWA. In April our appeal of Judge Tucker's decision on bridge access at Seyler Lane on the Ruby River was heard before the Montana Supreme Court in Bozeman. James Cox Kennedy, the Atlanta media mogul whose actions initiated the case, had his attorneys ignore the issue at hand, the width of the right of way on a prescriptive road and instead they declared the provision in the Montana Constitution guaranteeing citizens the right to recreate on public land and water and the Montana Stream Access law as illegal takings of Mr. ... (more)
IF YOU HUNT ELK YOU NEED TO BELONG TO PLWA !What game animal is the “top if the mind” symbol of Montana? Elk – without a doubt! ... (more)
Guest opinion: Montana sportsmen lose when wildlife's for saleBillings GazetteJanuary 19, 2013 12:10 am By NICK GEVOCKImagine giving up Montana's five-week deer and elk rifle season so hunters who can pay $20,000 or more for a license can kill bigger bucks and bulls.How about buying an elk tag only to find that sections of public land where you planned to hunt are only available to hunters who bought their license from a landowner who was given the tag from the state.And try this one: picture the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks letting a group sell special deer licenses and then having that same group lobby the state Legislature to overturn our stream access law. ... (more)
|public land newsTax Incentives For State Land Access( 02/12/2013 )
The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would offer tax incentives to private landowners who provide public access to state lands. The proposed rule is in response to a new law that established the Unlocking State Lands Program. State , Letterman ranch reach agreement on dispute( 10/21/2013 )
CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman won’t be getting involved in a road dispute in Montana, where he owns a ranch.Members of the State Land Board voted unanimously Monday to approve an easement and disclaimer of interest agreement between the state and Teton County and Deep Creek Ranch, which Letterman owns. The New Dangerous Ignorance About Public Lands ( 10/10/2013 )
Field and Stream The Conservationist Blog - October 04, 2013The New Dangerous Ignorance of American Public LandsBy Hal HerringAs would-be pontiffs pontificate about the shutdown, and ideologues of the left and right declare the end of America, some federal employees are going about some very serious business. You and I and Aunt Millicent are barred from visiting our National Parks and our federal wildlife refuges (that we paid for with our duck stamp money), and in Montana, more than 12,000 public lands managers, biologists, clerks and outhouse technicians are worrying about car payments while they are hunting ducks, watching Netflix, or trying to close in to archery distance with a big bull elk. Old Dunn Road( 09/17/2013 )
The Old Dunn Road is now a trail but it provides access to a mile and a half of the upper Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Montana. Other roads on different locations now serve the purpose once provided by the Old Dunn.
know your rightsCaveat and Disclaimer( 11/28/2008 )
Information on this site is provided as a matter of information and education only. It is not intended to provide legal advice or counsel . WHAT IS A PUBLIC ROAD ?( 12/16/2007 )
If you encounter a closed road or trail ( which is obviously not a federal highway , a state highway, or a city street ) and you believe it may be a legally accessible road, here are some things you can do to check it out :FIRST, is it in a National Forest ? If so check with the Regional Forester office to see if a private easement or fee tile exists.
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|Madison County / Seyler Lane|
Bridge and Stream Access Go to Supreme Court Again Hearing scheduled for April 29th, 2013 As members are aware, PLWA has appealed an April ruling by Madison County District Judge Loren Tucker that limits stream access from bridges on roads with historic prescriptive easements.|
|Tenderfoot Acquisition Advances|
Tenderfoot Acquisition AdvancesThis is truly one of the most significant public access actions by a government agency - working with private entities - of all time.|
Updated June 1,2013Efforts underway since 2006 to acquire 5 miles of railroad right-of-way stretching west from Ringling along Sixteen mile Creek, and accessing an otherwise isolated section of DNRC land for another mile, are now nearing conclusion.|
|Teton County Road No. 380 - |
Old County Road No. 380 - "Salmond Ranch Road "PLWA, has been very involved with this .|
Public Access Objectives
What can PLWA Do For You?
- Educating and informing the public on their ownership and access rights.
- Monitoring public access routes and identifying access problems.
- Initiating legal action when access has been illegally blocked.
- Monitoring public land sales exchanges, and purchases to insure that no transfers are made without full consideration of conservation and recreational values.
- Initiating programs and policies to expand public land and water access.
- Pursuing every legal and ethical avenue to protect and maintain your access to public lands and waters.
Primarily we help hunters, anglers, and other recreationists fight back against the tide of privatization of public land and waters. Montana is changing and part of this change comes from outside interests who think they can grab “ownership” of a river or public land with "No Trespassing" signs, orange paint, barb wire, chains, lawsuits, legislation and other tactics. It takes an organization with “pit bull” mentality like PLWA to deal with these situations. In many cases we are the ones who initiate appropriate legal action and are on the firing line.
PLWA is an all volunteer organization with little overhead. Your donations are almost totally used to press the issue of maintaining access. Member contributions are our only source of income. Usually the deep pockets are on the other side.
We hope you'll take a moment today to join us in our mission to retain the traditional value of access to the public landscapes which make Montana such a special place.