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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."
Petition seeks to halt land exchange between BLM, Texas billionairesSome Montana advocates of public lands access seem to be in no mood to negotiate with Texas billionaire brothers Dan and Farris Wilks over land exchange or access deals in central and north-central Montana.Petitions are circulating asking the Bureau of Land Management’s state director to halt any talks about an exchange that would give the Wilkses possession of a landlocked parcel called the Durfee Hills, surrounded by their N Bar Ranch south of Lewistown, and to build a road around the Wilks’ Anchor Ranch in Blaine County to access 50,000 acres of BLM lands in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.Rumors have circulated in the region for two years about deals the BLM and Wilks brothers have discussed to come to an agreement, but since no formal proposal has been made, the process hasn’t been open to any public scrutiny or comment. That prompted the petition, said Ron Moody, a Lewistown resident and former Montana Fish and Wildlife commissioner...............more...............To read the full story from the Gazette written by Brett French click the link below. ... (more)
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East Rosebud Fly Shop1314 24TH Street WestBillings MT 59102 Feb 18, 2014Richard,The purpose of this letter is to thank you for your very generous contribution to the Public Land and Water Access Association. The $1,647.00, representing the proceeds from the events you held at your shop, will go a long way toward the effort to keep our public land and water available to all who wish to enjoy them. ... (more)
Montana Trout Unlimited recently donated $10,000.00 to PLWA to assist us in the ongoing Ruby River access case. While we had hoped that the Supreme Court decision would be the end of it, the Supreme Court remanded the issue of the width of the prescriptive easement back to District Court. ... (more)
The recent ruling by the Montana Supreme Court upholding our state’s stream access law and the ability of everyone to get to streams from county roads is a victory of all Montanans and all who enjoys our public waters. It also illustrates the stark difference of views about who should get to enjoy public land and water.The case, (Public Access v. ... (more)
The Annual PLWA Raffle was held on December 23rd in Billings. The winners were:1.) Marilyn Woodhull, Livingston, MT - Tika T3 Lite . ... (more)
|public land newsResounding Victory In Montana Supreme Court( 01/16/2014 )
On January 16, 2014 the Montana Supreme Court overturned a lower court and assured public access to the Ruby River from bridges on land owned by Atlanta media mogul James Cox Kennedy. The decision sets a precedent that validates all Montana stream and bridge access laws. The giants of the stream access struggle( 02/14/2014 )
February 12, 2014 We can all thank the Montana Supreme Court for their reaffirmation of the Montana Stream Access public trust law of 1985. One of the earliest stream trust actions was on Oct. Utah Stream Access Coalition( 01/30/2014 )
Utah Stream Access Coalition: Support HB37 – Protecting Public Water & Property Rights!In the state of Utah, it is against the law for the public to recreate (fish, wade, etc. Legislature Studies Federal Land Takeover( 01/14/2014 )
Here is a strange deal. See the Billings Gazette Story linked below " Panel discusses state ownership of federal land .
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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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.|
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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.