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Default Re: AFFTA Stands Against Montana's HB309

I just really have a problem with anyone should be able to restrict access to a natural accuring stream or river regardless whether it is navigable or if crosses through private property. I simply do not beleive any individual can own such a property and therefore has no right to restrict access. I beleive that there should be a public right of way area anywhere there is a natural water course and not only on the water itself. However I do not believe any land owner with property butting up to whatever the public area is should be required to be responsible for the up keep of that public right of way area. So in my opinion the defeat of this law is absolutely critical and its passing would IMO be a violation of all of our rights as U.S. citizens. Let me say as a former agricultural land owner I believe rights of land owners and the right to own and control private property, but I also beleive there should be some limits to those rights such as I describe above.
-Tom Wilson
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