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Big Elk Canyon - February 2008New Action to Thwart Public Access in North End of Crazy Mountains
Two Dot area landowner / outfitter Mac White continues to try and establish control over huge section of public Forest Service land despite rebuffs by the Forest Service and the public. PLAAI beat down 2006 attempt to privatize public domain, but issues of reciprocal access persist.
See the Billings Gazette article linked below and article in "Accomplishments" on this website. The article is not quite true on Mac White's part. He is not denied access to his property. He can obtain a private temporary permit, but he wants permanent access.
The Gazette article does not give credit to citizen groups , like PLAAI , who lobbied against the ear mark in the 2006 federal legislation in which subsequently defeated Montana Senator Conrad Burns tried to provide Mr. White exclusive access to 10,000 acres of public land and have the taxpayers pick up the tab to do it. It gives credit only to the Forest Service for stopping the action. Sadly the Senator had a record of supporting actions to sell off and privatize public land .
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