MOUNTAINS NATIONAL FOREST PUBLIC ACCESS
Porcupine Road - West Side Crazy Mountains
photo by Kathryn QannaYahu
The Crazy Mountains National Forest in Montana
have been a public access hotbed, beginning in 1940. As then
Forest Service Supervisor G. E. Martin writes detailing the
variety of uses documented in the historic Crazy Mountains,
including mining, timber, grazing, trappers, hunters and recreation,
"At no time was travel over the roads and trails restricted
until October 1940 when Van Cleve locked the gate during the
hunting season. In 1941 this was done again. In 1942 the gate
was again locked before the opening of the hunting season and
was still locked on April 24, 1943."
I requested a FOIA from the Custer Gallatin
National Forest for documents relating to the public access
situations in the East Side of the Crazy Mountains in the fall
of 2016, as well as a current one for the transfer situation
of Alex Sienkiewicz, the former Yellowstone Ranger District
involving documents from the Montana Farm Bureau, Montana Outfitters
and Guides (which land owner Chuck Rein is the Vice President
of), a number of local landowners, including the Sweet Grass
County Attorney Pat Dringman's wife, Page Carroccia Dringman
to Senator Steve Daines.
January 31, 2018, the Forest Service, the
Zimmermans (landowners) met with a select group
of the public, organized by Erica Lighthiser, mostly representing
mountain bike &
trail relocation advocates. The Zimmermans & FS proposed
obliterating Trail #267
just south of the FS Porcupine Cabin, moving it to FS land at
much higher elevation.
A portion of Trail #195 would also be obliterated. Brad Wilson,
Friends of the Crazy Mountains &
Kathryn QannaYahu, Enhancing Montana's Wildlife & Habitat,
hosted a Public Meeting
to inform the public of numerous issues, including the process
A number of the public objected in the public comment process.
The Forest Service
abandoned the process, but not the relocation.
Late summer 2018, FOCM & EMWH hired
an attorney, joined by others, to form a coalition.
13, 2019, we filed our Notice of intent to Sue.
Mountains March 2018 Public Meeting
Concerning Forest Service Porcupine Trail #267
Meeting Video, Trail Video Tours and Documentation
of the Crazy Mountains citizen organization