[ 05/18/2013 ] In Montana, water belongs to the public The 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. He was immediately challenged by one of the justices who asked if he believed that the definition of water ownership in the Montana Constitution was unconstitutional. more issue Madison County / Seyler Lane Goes to Supreme Court April 29
[ 03/20/2013 ] 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
[ 01/04/2009 ] To all of you who have helped with our access programs over the years: Thank you for sticking with us on the Ruby River lawsuit. As I see it, our victory has given everyone who fishes or just enjoys Montana's rivers and streams a great Christmas present. Judge Tucker has spoken and we can gain access to streams from bridges on County Roads without facing some legal challenge. more
[ 02/12/2013 ] GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE February 8, 2013 Montanans asked about wide open spaces Survey: Public land aids state By Erin Madison Tribune Staff Writer and The Associated Press Montanans place a high value on public land, according to a poll Thursday by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project. Ninety-one percent of voters in Montana say public lands are an essential part of the state’s economy, according to the survey, 72 percent believe public lands support the economy, provide recreation opportunities and enhance quality of life, rather than being a fiscal burden and preventing creation of jobs. The majority of voters in the six Western states covered in the survey — Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — agreed, with 79 percent saying public lands support the economy and enhance the quality of life in their state. more
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