Other than Mark and myself, I'm not sure how many other Helena area folks visit this site. However, if you happen to be in our neck of the woods on Thursday, here's an opportunity to show support for something important to a large number of MT waterfowlers and anglers.
From the Montana Wildlife Federation, Tuesday, January 16:
Dear Email Sentry:
We alerted you in our last Sentrygram that the Bridge Access Partnership Bill, SB78, is finally scheduled for a Hearing in the Senate Fish and Game Committee on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 3PM at the Capitol. We've been working on this bill for over a year; it's time to seal the deal! The bill respects all parties involved - ranchers, anglers, county commissioners - now is the time to set the hook, so to speak.
Again, we need every sportsman and woman in attendance as possible wearing your orange ribbons! As we said it was originally set for Room 422, but has been moved to a larger room to accommodate the expected turnout; we still don't know which room, so we will gather in the capitol rotunda at 2:30 and proceed to the correct location just before 3PM. Show up and look for the distinctive orange ribbons; we'll have one ready for you.
If you can't attend, it is imperative that the Senators on the Fish and Game Committee are contacted by their constituency. If you live in or near any of the following Senator's districts, or have a working relationship with them, then we ask you to contact them and strongly urge them to support SB78.
Codifies the Attorney General's Opinion on Access at Bridges defining the intersection of 2 Rights-of-way as a legal access point.
Defines legal fences and their attachment to county bridges and eliminating the step of applying to the county for a variance.
Streamlines the process for counties while clarifying their jurisdiction regarding safety issues on county roadways.
Provides for financial support to landowners who install mechanized fishing access devices.
PLEASE send the Committee Members an email and call 406-444-4800 to leave a message. You can't be too persistent with your comments.
Senate FISH AND GAME
Tropila, Joe (D) Great Falls - no email
Bales, Keith (R) Otter - email@example.com
Balyeat, Joe (R) Bozeman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Barkus, Gregory (R) Kalispell - email@example.com
Gallus, Steve (D) Butte - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hansen, Ken (D) Poplar - email@example.com
Jent, Larry (D) Bozeman - firstname.lastname@example.org
Larson, Lane (D) Billings - email@example.com
Tash, Bill (R) Dillon - no email
We also need you to call or email the Governor's office and urge him to reassert his support for this bill. He has expressed support all along for public access and its importance to the people of Montana. We need him to upgrade his involvement, the timing is right.
Thank you everyone, we look forward to seeing you there!!!
Thank you for stepping up for Montana's wildlife, land, water and our hunting and fishing heritage.
Conservation Director of Local Issues
Montana Wildlife Federation
Official Web-site: www.montanawildlife.com