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Public Access Cornerstone of Administration

Montana Governor Declaration

Summer is a special time here in Montana. With the winter behind us, fishing, hiking and camping are now priorities on the minds of many Montanans. On top of that, hunting season is just around the corner.

A love for the outdoors is one of the many things that define our way of life here in Big Sky Country. Thatís why itís so important that we continue to protect public access to public lands in Montana. As Governor, Iíve made protecting access a cornerstone of my administration.

John Bohlinger and I have worked to provide more access to more Montanans by acquiring new state parks and creating new fishing access sites, all while stopping out-of-state interests from closing Montana's rivers and streams from public access.

Earlier this month, I had the honor of announcing the acquisition of 4,700-acre ranch just outside of Billings. The land borders sections of the Yellowstone River, and will soon become a new state park. The announcement was the culmination of hard work on the part of the state and many private organizations who came together to acquire the land...

Just as gun ownership is the right of every American, access to the state's public lands is the right of every Montanan. These are both rights that I believe passionately in, and they are both rights that I will continue to fight for as long as I have the opportunity to serve.

Brian Schwietzer

(Comment: The Governor needs to be reminded that in order for this to work he has to get the County Commissioners and County Attorneys on board to enforce the law when roads are closed , rather than wait for private parties to sue. )

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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.

public land issues

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.

    18 more public land issues

Circle R Dedication

Public Land/Water Access Association Inc. or PLWA, is a citizen group organized and operated under the Montana nonprofit corporation act.

Articles and Information on this site represent the opinion of the writer and are not intended as legal advice. Legal counsel may be needed in dealing with specific access situations and issues.
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