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Protecting the Public Trust

Presidents Message 02/17/2008

Economic interests are constantly attacking policies and legislation designed to protect the Public Trust with economic arguments.They continue to confuse the public trust with private enterprise. We need to impress upon all business interests the following advice: If you plan to conduct a business that depends on a public resource then you should expect to be regulated by policies that are consistent with the mandate necessary to properly manage that public resource.

As an example. if your business depends on public wildlife that means adherance to the North American Model of Wildlife Management. In all cases there is the requirement to provide fair and equitable opportunities to all, whether it involves floating a public river or bussing children to a public school. Public resources are held in trust for all citizens of the state and money or status cannot dictate who may use them.

related articles

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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