If you hunt, cross country ski, snow shoe, hike, fish, view wildlife, float our rivers, dabble your toes in Montana waters, go for a Sunday afternoon drive through our hills and forests, cut a Christmas tree, gather wood to heat your home, walk your dog in the hills, ride your horse in the mountains, mountain climb, and any other activity on our public lands, this rally is for you.

Since President Grant signed a bill to create our first national park in 1872 there has been continuous efforts by the wealthy to take our public lands away. They do not believe that us commoners deserve our public lands. We have elected legislators in Montana who want to privatize our public lands. During our last election one of our legislators said he thought we should sell our public lands and develop them.

The public lands rally begins at noon on Monday, January 30, at the Capitol building in Helena. Local sportsmen’s organizations will provide a bus to Helena. The free bus will leave the parking lot at the Butte Plaza Mall at 9 a.m.

— Harold Johns, Butte, president of the Skyline Sportsmen’s Association

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