PLWA Annual Meeting April 29th, 2017

PLWA members elected two new Directors to the Board – Bernard Lea returns and Hayes Goosey from Livingston becomes a part of the “youth movement”. Ray Pearson was re-elected, retaining the Treasurer position.

John Gibson stepped down as President, becoming Vice-President, while Bernard Lea was voted as the new President of Public Land/Water Access Association.

Guest Speaker, Attorney Jim Goetz gave a Stream Access Overview

FWP Director Martha Williams introduced herself, gave a little bit of her excellent background. She offered, “How I might be able to help you going forward, how we can work together. I look forward to establishing a productive and open relationship with PLWA. That’s not new, it’s something that I hope, I believe that the Department has always had a good and strong relationship with you, but I’m the new face of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. I look forward to re-establishing¬† that and hopefully, reinvigorating it.”

Dir. Williams then took questions and comments from the audience.

Kathy & Tim Crawford were this years recipient of “Supporter of the Year”. Congratulations Kathy & Tim and thank you for your continual support, as well as providing this year’s conference room and refreshments. Your support is very much appreciated.





Montana Sportsmen Alliance PAC representative, Joe Perry, spoke to the 2017 Legislative session, providing an overview of bills that affected sportsmen and access.




It was good to see so many members again, since the Public Lands Rally in Helena. Thank you to all the PLWA members that could attend this year’s Annual meeting.

BTW, PLWA voted to establish the first Saturday of May as the date for our future Annual Meetings. So mark your calendars members – May 5, 2018.


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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