Thursday, September 12, 2013

Public Comments Needed for Elk Foundation Public Access Land Purchase

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation - "RMEF secured an option on a 40 acre parcel that has access to Lewis and Clark National Forest. This part of the forest does not have an access point for miles in any direction. This will provide hunters with access to some of the best elk ground in all of Montana. RMEF paid $190,000. The seller was a very cooperative person who wanted to see public access improved in the area. Landowners such as that party are at the core of a land ethic that makes some places so special.
FWP wants to own the property and has offered RMEF $50,000 to take over ownership and management. FWP has committed to manage the area as a public trailhead. This will require approval of the FWP Commission and the Montana Land Board. " 

Here is a link to the FWP News Release 

Draft Environmental Assessment Proposed Red Hill Road - East Access Land Acquisition

Here is the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Release

This looks like an awesome opportunity for public access in Montana, especially for public hunter access, which has become more restricted due to special interests locking out public access. Please take the time to send in public comments at the following:

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Red Hill Road – East Fork Access Acquisition EA 
PO Box 938 
Lewistown, MT 59457 
(406) 538-4658 ext. 228  

Also, please send a note of thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, who was instrumental in this process and for their generosity.

Kathryn QannaYahu

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