Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Montana: State leaders and outdoor groups launch new public land access program - Full Article

Governor Steve Bullock hosted state leaders and outdoor groups in Helena on Monday to officially kick off a new program to expand access to public lands in Montana.

Posted: Dec 18, 2017 10:41 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2017 9:46 PM PST
By: Jonathon Ambarian - MTN News

The Montana Public Land Access Network, or MT-PLAN, will collect private donations from individuals and groups.

That money will then be offered as grants to landowners who open access through their property to public lands that aren’t otherwise accessible or who improve existing public access.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will administer MT-PLAN and make recommendations on grant applications. The projects must then be approved by the state Land Board.

Bullock pointed to a study by the Center for Western Priorities, which found Montana has nearly two million acres of public lands that are currently inaccessible for recreation.

“This network will allow Montanans, each and every one of us, to help further chip away at those two million acres and unlock more areas of public lands for all of us to enjoy,” he said...

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