In the Treasure State, our public lands are one of our greatest treasures.
In the 2015 legislative session, I supported a bi-partisan study bill, HJ13, to figure out why we were losing so much access to public lands.
What we learned is that nearly 10,000 miles of roads on public lands have been closed by the USFS in the past ten years, one-third of the roads on public lands.
This is unacceptable. No only are public lands our lands, but many Montanans feed their families through hunting and fishing.
I grew up in a hunting and fishing family so I understand exactly what that means. And the impact of the public lands road closures has on so many Montanans who have lost access to trails and recreation areas.
Montana’s public lands should be open to the public because they belong to all of us.