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The results of a mid 2013 PLWA member survey showed just how much they appreciate the organization and what it does. Here are some of the representative comments:

“Our public lands are what make this a great state. I would have left after high school but even though Montana has low wages, it offers a wealth of outdoor experiences."


“We need PLWA. Often local or county government officials are not interested in getting involved in access. It takes strong prodding by PLWA to get them to take any action.”

“PLWA is our best tool in keeping access to lands available.”

“Keep up the good work. You do an excellent job.”

“PLWA is the sole public interest organization dedicated primarily to our access to public lands and the reason I am a member.”

"Defending public access to public resources is incredibly important and is a cornerstone of a sustainable model of conservation in Montana. If the public is not vigilant, access will be eroded by private interests that seek exclusive use.”

“Access to public land is absolutely the issue that will define and sustain the Montana economy.”
“Thank you for your great public spirited work.”

“PLWA is a critical resource for the Montana outdoor lifestyle. Many do not realize its value.”

“Keep up the good work. Big fan!”

"Unfortunately, aggressive legal action is often the only way to solve public lands access problems. I applaud PLWA's efforts in this arena."

"Thanks for all your hard work. I am confined to a wheelchair but I know that without PLWA the younger generation will not have the chance to enjoy the activities I enjoyed.”

“Without PLWA it will become so expensive that most MT citizens won't be able to afford the outdoor lifestyle.”

“PLWA does a fantastic job keeping access open for Montanans!”

“I consider PLWA the number one protector of the Stream Access Law.”

“I served seven terms in the Montana Legislature from 1979 to 1993 and learned that access was the major issue during those sessions and it is the major issue facing Montana's sportsmen ."

“PLWA is very important in maintaining access to our public lands.”

“Thanks for your hard work and dedication to the cause.”

“PLWA has been doing an awesome job fighting for access and being the 'watch dog' over landowners trying to turn Public Lands into their own hunting sanctuaries.”

“If it wasn't for PLWA I doubt anything would be getting done regarding access.”

“Keep fighting the good fight for Montana's sons and daughters! "

“PLWA is the only organization that I know of that is standing up for the rights of the common working person in Montana who enjoys hunting and fishing.”

“Your work is very important and I fully support your efforts.”

“Thank you for your outstanding efforts! You are protecting the interests of all Montana sportsmen."

"PLWA is the only legal agent out there fighting for the public. Without it, the public will lose to big money and political pressure privatizing our fishing, wildlife and public land and water."

“The battle you are fighting sets the precedent for other western states."

"I support several conservation organizations. The last one I'll ever stop supporting is PLWA. It does more ‘on the ground’ than any of the others.. I can't thank you enough."

Awesome news guys... really awesome!! Thanks so much for all the hard work and heavy lifting you're doing on these issues. You can count on my continued membership support....and getting the word out to others through sport forums that anyone who cares about these things should join.

"Not only does PLWA talk big, this organization backs up their words with aggressive action."

“’Once public always public’ should be the motto of all sportsman and recreationalists. Let's take back what belongs to the people and force public servants to support and defend that right ."

“Your organization is exactly in line with my interests. Keep up the pressure to insure right of way access to public lands.”

"Hang in there, and tackle the issues where big bucks newcomers try to lock us out."

“I am very proud of what PLWA has accomplished and the passion for the job is unequaled! Thanks for all you do!”

Awesome news guys... really awesome!! Thanks so much for all the hard work and heavy lifting you're doing on these issues. You can count on my continued membership support....and getting the word out to others through sport forums that anyone who cares about these things should join.

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Ruby River Stream Access Victory
( 07/01/2016 )   7/1/2016PLWA, once again, has been victorious in the battle for the public's stream access on the Ruby River, from the Seyler Lane Bridge, likely the original stagecoach route from Salt Lake City, north to Virginia City and Helena.It has been over a decade that PLWA (formerly known as PLAAI) has been involved in a lawsuit over public access to the Ruby River from Seyler Lane and the Seyler Bridge, a public prescriptive easement right-of-way in Madison County.

"Dark Money" Brought to Light
( 07/01/2016 )   The June-July, Newscasts section of Fly Fisherman reported on the recent investigation by Montana's Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl, into a dark money campaign that could overturn Montana's Stream Access.Fly Fisherman recounted the Montana Growth Network's campaign contributions to District Judge Laurie McKinnon's run for our Montana Supreme Court.

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Seyler Lane Update
9/24/2015Seyler Bridge Easement - More Than Just RecreationUpdate - Kennedys attorney requested a postponement of the September 21 hearing.

Tenderfoot - Four Years and Counting
9/24/2015Tenderfoot Creek is a tributary of the Smith River, joining the Smith a mile or so north of Camp Baker.

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