District ranger faces internal investigation over Crazy Mountain access dispute

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by Brett French, Billings Gazette

Livingston District Ranger Alex Sienkiewicz, who has been an advocate for public access to public lands, was removed from his post on Friday and temporarily reassigned to the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s supervisor’s office.

The reassignment was made to “create some separation between Alex as district ranger and allegations raised concerning access issues in the Crazies,” said Mary Erickson, forest supervisor.

Erickson said allegations from an assortment of landowners in the Big Timber area were “raised to the level” of the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont…

“This is part of what we’re going through with this new administration,” said Kathryn QannaYahu, a Bozeman conservation activist who was upset after hearing about Sienkiewicz’s transfer.

Trespass case

Sienkiewicz was appointed to the district ranger position in 2011. His removal came only a day after a Bozeman man’s trespass citation was settled out of court.

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