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Bobwhite wrote:Man, we don't know how lucky we have it around the upper Midwest. Most farmers over in Wisconsin allow public access to fishermen. Hats are off to the good ones. I hope things get sorted out in court, out your way...Yes indeed... Michigan's law is similar to Montana's. The navigable rivers ( around 90% of the good water) belong to the people to float or wade. I didn't know how good we had it until I started fishing the west. Good luck in your quest.
Willi wrote:The answer to that question is a bit uncertain, Willi. I'll offer my thoughts: The biggest hurdle to the whole process here in Colorado is that our rivers are already so commercialized. Fishing, rafting and hunting are big business, and riparian land is worth big bucks. We have several distinct groups of public users and several distinct commercial users, for the most part, their interests are tied together. All benefit from things like water quality improvement, habitat and so on, and for the most part the commercial interests work side by side with the public interest for the common benefit of the resource. Once the issue turns to access all that good will goes out the door. As far as access goes, everyone is in it for themselves. Time and time again I'll hear the question asked "why doesn't Trout Unlimited do something?" Every time I laugh. You see, the guys that really run TU are the same guys that we're fighting access battles against. True, these guys represent maybee 1% of the total membership of TU, but in terms of influence, that same 1% holds 99% of the influence over the direction the organization.fishsnoop wrote:http://www.utahstreamaccess.org/I sent in a donation.
Thanks for posting this folks. We meet one last time tomorrow with the Gov's office then the Waterways Task Force, we will see where it goes. Check the site for updates and any help out there is more than welcome. Check out the site and click on the paypal button if you can afford a 5 spot or more we could use it.
How were you able to get such an organization started?
Colorado has a lot of groups that peripherally are involved in access issues (rafters for example), but none that is invested in pushing the issue.
Anyone know why there isn't this type of organization in Colorado (my state) or Wyoming?