Putting the "Public" Back in "Public Trust"
in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect,
recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it's
difficult to analyze love when you're in it." - John Steinbeck
I just got off the phone with BLM's Shane Hershman, Central
Montana's Field Manager, who confirmed through Jonathan Moor, BLM's
Central Montana District Public Affairs Specialist
District Manager Mark Albers announced today, at the Resource Advisory
Committee meeting, that there will be no BLM Wilks Brothers Durfee Hills
Land Exchange. Also, there will be no road built to restore lost public
access at Bullwhacker, in the Missouri Breaks National Monument.
is a relief that this particular land exchange will not be going
forward, the Durfees are secured for the public, at this time. And it
has been a hard fight. The Bullwhacker access is a mixed situation. We
still need to deal with the situation of the Wilks Brothers multiple
trespass and damage to our public lands.
Thank you to all the
public that signed petitions, called and sent in public comments.
Without the public's involvement, we may have lost our beautiful Durfee
Hills, it's habitat and access for an awesome Montana elk herd.