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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."
Kennedy uses Seyler Lane case to attack stream access. Agenda laid bare in oral arguments. Is the Montana constitution unconstitutional ? Although, the case is about access on a prescriptive road, Kennedy's attorney wasted little time in attacking stream access as a whole. He drew several questions from the justices when he argued that not only was Tucker right in his easement ruling, but that the state of Montana has been wrong for decades by allowing anglers to wade in streams like the Ruby River. Kennedy asserts he owns the river streambed and the water above it, and the state was "taking the land when it gave Montanans the right to use state streams. He says violated the U. ... (more)
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HUNTERS AND ANGLERS - TAKE ACTION, STAY INVOLVEDThe 63rd Montana Legislature is currently in session. There are over 200 bills that if passed will significantly affect your hunting and fishing future as well as the ability of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to manage wildlife, access, and habitat in Montana. Some bills are good and need to be supported, while others are bad and need to be opposed. ... (more)
HB 444 - Tax credit for public land access. Provides for a refundable tax credit of $500 for each parcel of otherwise inaccessible state or federal land opened by a Montana landowner. Maximum $2000 (. ... (more)
SPEAK UP! LEGISLATIVE ACTION!In Montana, most families hunt, fish, or recreate on public lands and waters. ... (more)
This bill would have decriminalized "corner jumping" and was strongly supported by PLWA . It would have op opened thousands of acres of public land. Sadly, the bill was defeated in the House Judiciary Jan 30 on a straight party line vote with all the R's voting against it. ... (more)
|public land newsPLWA Sets Up Stream Access Defense Fund( 06/30/2012 )
PLWA Sets Up Bridge / Stream Access Defense FundDang ! We have to ask for money again. John Gibson on Seyler Lane ( 05/18/2013 )
In Montana, water belongs to the publicThe recent Montana Supreme Court hearing in Bozeman contained the following claim by an attorney representing James Cox Kennedy in reference to the water in the Ruby River running through his ranch.His attorney claimed that the landowner not only owns the land under the river but the river itself as well as the air above the river. A river runs through Cox land( 05/05/2013 )
Creative Loafing AtlantaA river runs through Cox land And the AJC's (Atlanta Journal Constitution) boss fights for billionaires' right to steal public land and water in Montana by John F. SuggWay out west, the mountains are towering and the sky is big and blue. Ron Moody on Ruby River Case ( 05/05/2013 )
May 6, 2013 PROPERTY IS PROPERTY AND RIGHTS ARE RIGHTSGo to bullmoosegazette.com to sign up for Ron's bloog .
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 . HB 147 - Hunting Trespass Penalties( 01/22/2013 )
HOUSE BILL NO. 147INTRODUCED BY A. REDFIELD "AN ACT REVISING PENALTIES FOR FAILURE TO OBTAIN A LANDOWNER'S PERMISSION FOR HUNTING .
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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 July 21, 2012. Efforts underway since 2006 to acquire 5 miles of railroad right-of-way stretching west from Ringling along Sixteenmile 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.