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Salmond Ranch Road - Key Access to Rocky Mountain Front
The Salmond Ranch road or Teton county road 380 goes up the Deep Creek drainage and connects to trails into the Rocky Mountain Front . It is one of the few access points into the front between Augusta and Glacier Park. The initial portion of the 3 mile road goes through the Salmond Ranch, then through the school sections which abut BLM and National Forest land . (It is open only for foot and horse travel on the federal land . There is no conflict with the Rocky Mountain Heritage act pending in congress because the road itself does enter federal land.)
In 1930 the county abandoned a portion road going thru the private sections with the agreement that they did hot abandon the right of way itself.
In 1988, the Salmonds locked the gate and filed "a legal notice to all the world" that any public rights to cross the land had been unilaterally terminated by them .
After public outcry on the issue, Salmonds filed court action in October of 2012 hoping to validate their position . In response, the state Department of Natural Resources and the State Land Board filed papers on March 1, 2013 with documentary evidence showing the right of way had not been abandoned. (In a separate action, Randy Knowles , a private citizen from Great Falls alleges that " the DNRC, State Land Board and Teton County breached their duty as trustees to protect the rights of Montana residents to the enjoyment of land entrusted to their care." )
It is great to have the State for an ally on this case. In the past we have not always enjoyed such cooperation - from either Montana or Federal agencies. As President John Gibson said in the past "I am getting tired of it .............They are letting someone else do their work for them. They have the legal equipment, the money and everything they need to challenge this." So, we welcome this recent action by the state and thank them for it.