Access group asks attorney general to step in on Ruby River case

by Laura Lundquist, Bozeman Chronicle

“The Public Land/Water Access Association is asking the state attorney general to join a stream-access case after Madison County apparently ignored the instructions of the Montana Supreme Court.

After the Montana Supreme Court ruled against a Madison County landowner in favor of historically established easements and Montana’s stream-access laws this January, it sent the case back to the Madison County District Court to establish the width of the county’s right of way on Seyler Lane.

Fishermen have long used the Seyler Lane bridge to access the Ruby River. But when millionaire James Cox Kennedy bought the property along the Ruby River more than a decade ago, he closed the bridges and denied fishermen access to the river.

PLWA sued Kennedy in 2004 and finally prevailed in the Montana Supreme Court after a decade of litigation. Madison County was also involved.

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Public Land/Water Access Association Inc. or PLWA,
is a citizen group organized and operated under the Montana nonprofit corporation act.
The Internal Revenue Service has made a determination that PLWA qualifies as a tax- exempt
organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that it is a public charity.

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