PLWA Hires An Executive Director

PLWA’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Burdett as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Paul comes to PLWA from the law offices of Goetz, Baldwin & Geddes, P.C. He brings with him years of experience working with remarkable attorneys, such as Jim Goetz and Devlan Geddes, who have provided critical work protecting public access in Montana. Prior to this, he clerked for Justice Beth Baker at the Montana Supreme Court. He graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 2013. Paul has valuable experience in nonprofit fundraising, having worked on campaigns for various environmental and civil rights groups. Paul is a former fishing and climbing guide, who believes passionately in protecting public access for future generations of Montana hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists.

PLWA’s current President, Bernard Lea, stated, “I am very excited to have Paul join us. We continue to get access inquiries, which Paul will be helpful in addressing. This is a big step for our organization, and it could not be happening at a better time.”

Paul’s work for the Goetz firm makes him uniquely qualified for this position.” said Ray Pearson, PLWA’s Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors. “It says a lot about our organization that we can attract such a talented, passionate person as our executive director. We have big plans for the future of PLWA.”

Paul commented, “I hope to build on PLWA’s 30+ years of success, and to grow the organization, so that PLWA can continue to address the increasing number of threats to public access across the state.” He added, “This job, for me, is a dream come true. I’ve wanted to work on Montana’s public access issues for a long time.”

Please join our Board of Directors in welcoming Paul to PLWA. Paul will be working primarily out of PLWA’s Billings office. He can be contacted by email at or by phone at (406) 690-0960.

PLWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, maintenance, and perpetuation of public access, and to promoting and supporting the public use of public lands.

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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