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Falls Creek, Montana Public Access Opportunity

Falls Creek, Montana Public Access Opportunity


(uplifting music) – [Narrator] Ask any hunter,
angler, or outdoor enthusiast what is the biggest issue they face. Odds are you’ll receive
a unanimous answer, access to quality public lands. With so much rhetoric
out there surrounding public lands and access, what is truly being done to improve real, on the ground access? The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation continues its long standing mission to provide tangible
solutions to this issue. Here is yet another incredible example. Located about halfway between
Augusta and Lincoln, Montana, along the Rocky Mountian front, you’ll find the Falls Creek waterfall on the boarder of 442
acres of private property. For years a nearby parcel
provided public access to more than 26,000 acres
of public land beyond it, ripe with elk, bears, mountain lions, birds and other wildlife. That is until a former landowner placed a gate across a short section of it. Public access is so valued that it led to a dispute
and a tragic shooting death on that nearby property. Now is your opportunity to make these lands accessible
to the public once again. RMEF is leading a charge working with the U.S. Forest Service, the land owner and additional partners raising funds to purchase the property for inclusion in the adjacent Helena-Lewis
and Clark National Forest. (guitar music) (water rushing) The project would permanently protect the 442 acre tract and restore access to the Falls Creek trail head. Opening up more access to Falls Creek while providing new access points to the Dearborn River for fishing and the National Forest for
hunting and public recreation. Public access to public land is vital to hunting, recreation and managing over objective elk populations. So what are you willing to do about it? As a priority project under our Access Elk County Initiative, RMEF has a goal to raise
2.46 million dollars and complete this acquisition before the 2019 big game hunting season. Stand proudly with us to ensure this land is available for all to enjoy
now and into the future. (uplifting music)

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