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Daines must support public access

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Missoulian mailbag

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, you campaigned on the premise to protect public access to public lands. Recent events on the Custer-Gallatin National Forest offer you an opportunity to walk the walk as well as talk the talk.

Ranger Alex Sienkiewicz was recently “reassigned” to a position in the supervisor’s office following publicity over his advocating for public access in the Crazy Mountains. Sienkiewicz was simply following established agency policy in existence for many years for the purpose of making sure the public has access to their lands – a civil servant serving the people.

You have stated you are not simply representing the 1 percent but rather all of us – this is an opportunity for you to show you meant that. I'm asking you to write to the secretary of Agriculture to correct this error and reinstate Sienkiewicz.

Montanans are watching to see if you advocate for access to their land or for the wealthy to control access to prime elk hunting for the few. Which is it? Are you a champion of the public at large or the wealthy? I know many will follow your actions and use the power of the ballot when the time comes.

Dave Campbell,

Hamilton

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