the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"
Ground Hogs Day -
Here We Go Again!
Magpie - Hellbent Back To The "Brink"
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(Public Land Water Access Association) - BOADLE ROAD CASE GOES
TO TRIAL AGAIN !
"Ever see the movie Groundhog
day in which the leading character wakes every day to find out
that it is the same day as yesterday? Well that seems to be the
case with this situation in which the defendant, Mr. Jones, keeps
losing and appealing and losing and appealing and losing and appealing.
He has openly defied the Montana Supreme court on multiple occasions
and they are getting a little tired of it. (The court has ruled
several times that the road and extensions of the road are a public
On Monday June 23rd, a hearing on the
latest iteration was held in the Teton County District Court at
Choteau Montana. This hearing was specifically about the bridge
leading to the Boadle Road. PLWA alleges that despite the 2003
order, Jones, in the fall of 2011, destroyed the Boadle Bridge
crossing the Sun River Slope Canal thereby rendering the Boadle
Road unusable, and that Jones posted "no access" signs
adjacent to the Boadle Road in an effort to prevent the public
from using Boadle Road.
The PLWA also alleges that Jones built
a new bridge and access road on his property outside of the Boadle
Road easement and posted this road and bridge with "private
property, no trespassing, keep out" signs.
In the lawsuit, the PLWA asked the
court to impose a sanction against Jones payable to the PLWA for
violating the 2003 judgment; to order Jones to pay PLWA's court
and attorney costs; to require Jones to replace the bridge; to
remove all signs indicating the bridge is closed; and to require
Jones to pay PLWA compensatory and punitive damages. If Jones
fails to reconstruct the bridge, PLWA is asking the court to authorize
PLWA or its designee (including Teton County) to reconstruct the
bridge and to order Jones to pay for the reconstruction.
PLWA president John Gibson was there
testifying on behalf of the organization."
to PLWA, please click here.
Lands - Sage Brush Rebellion - Again.
Political disclaimer - EMWH is non-partisan.
We are issue driven. We are also NOT a non-profit with their political
restrictions. This issue of privatization of Public
Lands, of which the Public is an owner, should be foundational
in our decision making processes. Conservation Hunters & Anglers,
Non-consumptive Conservationists alike should be looking at all
the candidates from your city, county and state, to determine
where they stand on public lands, natural resources. If you think
that this is a non-issue, that this could not possibly happen,
take a good look at what is taking place (next newsletter to include
Art Canfields presentation on HR 1526 which passed the Federal
House and is on the Senate). If you ignore this issue, it will
bite us in collective Public Trust ass! We need to support candidates
that stand against the selling/trading of our Public Trust.
Lands Transfer Agenda of the EQC SJ15 Work Group
Again, this legislative group is meeting by phone conference June
26, 8:00 am to discuss transferring Federal Public Lands to the
State. Our taxpayer dollars are paying for this.
and Republican Party Platforms Address Federal Lands Transfer
At the Democratic Convention a couple of weeks ago, the Democrats
voted to defend Federal Public Lands as a Montana Democratic Party
plank( I am still waiting for them to put the new platform up
to link to). On the other hand, the Montana Republican Party just
voice voted "unanimously" and without any debate to
Public Lands Transfer to the States.
Today, the Missoulian ran an article,
legislators say they didn't vote for GOP federal land resolution
"Delegates to the state Republican Party platform convention
in Billings on Saturday did not unanimously approve a resolution
that called for the turning over federally managed lands to the
states, as the Lee Newspapers State Bureau had reported. It was
a voice vote and appeared to be unanimous, but it wasn’t,
two legislators said later."
We need a reckoning of what candidates
support this land grab and which don't. This is a foundational
public land legacy has come under siege
by Todd Wilkinson
"Whether in Cheyenne, Helena,
Boise, Salt Lake City or Carson City, they’ve concocted
fantasies — one of them not long ago proclaimed by Cliven
Bundy — that federal public lands do not legally exist.
They’ve also attempted to rekindle
a grassroots movement, supported by some members of Congress,
to have ownership of national forests, Bureau of Land Management
acreage and national parks turned over to state governments."
of Public Lands in Montana...
The University of Montana's Institute for Tourism and Recreation
Research conducted a study, producing a report in 2013 - Nonresident
Values of Montana's Natural Areas Report
This study states that 3/4's of nonresident vacationers
to Montana are primarily attracted to characteristics of public
lands such as national parks, mountains, forests, and
open space. Results show that nonresidents value Montana's public
lands. The active group represented 57% of respondents and included:
fishing, hunting, gathering, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding,
bicycling, downhill skiing/boarding, cross-country skiing and
non-motorized water activities. The Passive group represented
17% of respondents and included: developed and primitive camping,
nature center activities, nature study, wildlife viewing, viewing
natural features, visiting historic sites, picnicking.
ITRR had another 3 page Review of 2013
for 2014 outlook. Travel
and Recreation, The Economics of "We Like It Here."
This included Montana residents. "Montana residents, on the
other hand, are even more in tune with the natural environment
than nonresidents. Montanan’s spent $210 million on outdoor
recreation trips at least 50 miles away from home in 2013. This
equates to 4.2 million person trips taken by residents for outdoor
recreation. Eighty-eight percent of Montanan’s over 18 years
of age participate in outdoor recreation, significantly higher
than national numbers of 49 percent who participated in outdoor
recreation in 2012 (Outdoor 2013). Montanans use their outdoor
spaces. Recent data show that the top eight types of outdoor facilities
and areas used by residents are favored by more than 50 percent
of our population (Figure 2). In addition, 74 percent of Montanan’s
over 18 visit public lands, and 95 percent of Montanan’s
say outdoor recreation is important to their personal quality
of life (Nickerson & Metcalf 2013)."
introduces legislation to prevent Congress from selling public
On the Senate Floor Walsh calls the House of Representatives vote
“as radical as it is wrong” "In Montana, public
lands drive the tourism economy that supports 64,000 jobs and
annually generates $5.8 billion in revenue."
The Skyline/Anaconda sportsmen are
standing up for the Public Trust Doctrine, for scientific wildlife
management, one of the principles of the North American Model
of Wildlife Conservation. They are personally putting their money
where there values are. If you would like to contribute to the
Skyline/Anaconda Elk Litigation Fund, which they have already
been paying for, we would greatly appreciate it.
FWP Bison Discussion Group Meeting Rescheduled
After the April Bison Discussion Meeting that was set in Lewistown
was cancelled due to threats of violence (this was following the
Cliven Bundy BLM debacle), another meeting has now been scheduled
for July 14-15 at the Northern Hotel in Billings, MT. FWP will
be issuing their press release on Friday, per FWP's Ron Aasheim.
Skyline/Anaconda Elk Litigation Fund
PO Box 173, Butte, MT 59701
Sportsmen and Anaconda Sportsmens Associations lawsuit against
FWP & the FWP Commission
would like to thank the following contributors for supporting
EMWH. Your gift is very much appreciated.
Brad Ridgway of Paradise Valley, Nancy Schultz, Glenn Monahan,
Bonnie Lynn, Carolyn Wilmont, Lynne Woods, Ward & Gloria Olson,
Joe Newman, Steve Kelly, Sandra Wegner, and longtime avid deer
hunter Mike Long who said to say, "Stop giving out so many
doe tags!" :)