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Big Elk Canyon - February 2008

New 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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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




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