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Bullwhacker Road (2011)

Bullwacker Road Opening

State access route called public road

The Bullwhacker Road southeast of Havre is now open after several years of closure and controversy. The road which serves as the only reasonable access to over 50,000 acres of BLM and state land – much of it in the Missouri River Breaks, had been closed , or open only by landowner permission, for several years. Prior to that it had been used by recreationists for half a century and thousands of dollars of public money had been spent on maintenance . PLAAI expert volunteers researched road history and developed voluminous documentation proving it to be a “ public highway”. This was presented to the County Attorney who agreed and issued an opinion to that effect which opened the road. Had PLAAI not fought this closure the first two miles of private land would have controlled access to an area about the size of Yellowstone county.

See Billings Gazette article of 10/21/2007 linked below.

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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

Ron Moody and his Bullwacker Ram

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