Friday, January 25, 2013

Public Lands in Public Hands

There are about 3.5 million acres of public land in Montana that are off limits to the people who own them: the public.

That’s not right.

But 1.3 million acres could become accessible if HB 235 passes, allowing hunters to cross at corners of public lands. Long held as a legal grey area, corner crossing has been a combative issue all the way back to the early 1990’s.

However, Representative Ellie Hill (D-Missoula) and Representative Kreyton Kerns (R-Laurel) have teamed up to try and make a bi-partisan run on increasing access to public lands. There’s no doubt that these two legislators agree on much, but we’re tickled pink to see this solution move forward.

That’s why we wanted to make sure the Bully Nation knows about the petition floating around to show the Legislature that there’s a ton of support for public access to public lands.

Check it out here

Sign the petition, and forward it on to all your friends. We only have a few days until the House Judiciary Committee takes action on this bill. We do expect some amendments to clarify that this bill applies only to foot traffic, which we support.

Take a minute, sign the petition and let’s get moving on this. 

1 comment:

  1. I don't live in Montana, so I don't understand the background issue. Why is it in the first place that the public is barred from accessing public land, and why is it referred to as "corner crossing?"