Millions of acres across US West Landlocked and inaccessible to the Public
Written by jordanmckamey on August 20, 2019
More than 6 million acres of state property scattered across 11 states in the U.S. West are landlocked by private property and largely inaccessible to hunters–anglers and other recreational users–public lands advocates said Monday.
The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and onX–a Montana-based land data company–analyzed land ownership patterns for a report detailing the extent of state-owned parcels that lack public access.
Montana, Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming each have more than 1 million acres of state lands surrounded by private property–according to the report.
In Wyoming–a cooperation between landowners–game and fish–and the public called Access Yes has made more land locked areas open to walk in hunting and fishing in Wyoming. The AP talked with Joel Webster from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Project–Webster sees programs like Access Yes as a positive–but also believes there is no guarantee the program and others like it would continue indefinitely.