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Public Access Cornerstone of AdministrationMontana 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.
(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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