If you disagree with changes threatening public land access in Montana, here's your chance to be heard. Coming up this Thursday, February 23rd beginning at noon, concerned residents will join at the State Capital in Helena to voice their dissatisfaction with decisions made by some state lawmakers. The topics of concern on their agenda include the stifling of funding for conservation programs, the constitutional right to clean water and air, and healthy public lands.

At other rallies over the years, these concerned Montanans have voiced their belief that the outdoor way of life in Big Sky Country is under attack by the government. They hope to carry through with another loud and clear message on Thursday. Those interested in attending the rally at the State Capital (1301 E 6th Avenue, Helena) on February 23rd can visit rallyforpubliclands.com. Round-trip transportation is also being made available to Helena from Missoula, Kalispell, Bozeman, and Billings.

Another concern, according to By Line magazine, is how 3 million acres of Montana's federal land and public state land are landlocked. Landlocked is when the public cannot venture onto said acres because, in doing so, they would have to cross through private property. Without permission from a private land owner or access to a plane or helicopter, there is no way to access this public land legally. Even though there are still millions of acres for Montanans to hike, hunt, fish, camp, and explore, groups like Rally For Public Lands do not plan to back down anytime soon. To learn more about public land use in Montana and for map access, visit publiclands.org here -> MT PUBLIC LANDS

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