FWP Unlocking Public Lands Program enrollment open to landowners until March 15

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 20:07:44-05

Montana landowners have until March 15 to qualify for tax credits while opening access to public lands.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Unlocking Public Lands Program is designed to open state or federal land by granting access across private property.

Landowners will receive a tax credit of $750 per agreement up to a maximum of $3,000.

Landowners decide how the public may cross their property and can limit it to foot traffic only.

The Unlocking Public Lands program is a product of the 2015 Legislature, which expanded a program called Unlocking State Land passed by the previous legislature.

While Montana contains nearly 31 million acres of Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and state land, much of it requires landowner permission to cross private land to reach the adjoining state or federal land.

More information about the program, including enrollment criteria and the application form, can be found here.

-Reported by Joe Huisinga/MTN News