A Madison County judge this week has weakened Montana’s stream access law by limiting public access to streams from bridges on roads with historic prescriptive easements.
It’s just the latest attack an access to public land–and this setback for hunters and anglers will need to be challenged. Pam Bucy pledged this week in a message to supporters that if she is elected, she will continue this fight to the Montana Supreme Court if necessary. Bucy has made the issue a major focus of her campaign and will be an Attorney General who will fight protect public access in Montana.
On her website, Bucy sites some of her experience working for hunters and anglers, including serving as Mike McGrath’s Chief Deputy for seven years. McGrath’s work for public access was the major legacy of his time in office. As a key member of the major litigation unit at the Department of Justice, Bucy successfully defended I-143, Montana’s game farm ban, all the way to the Montana Supreme Court. She also coauthored the brief used by Attorney General Mike McGrath to defend Montana’s prime big game habitat. There’s more, which you can read about on her website– including a list of the hunters, anglers, and conservationists endorsing Pam Bucy here.