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Unlocking Public Lands

Program Overview

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The objective of the Unlocking Public Lands Program is to allow members of the public to cross parcels of enrolled private land to gain access to otherwise inaccessible parcels of state or federal (Bureau of Land Management or United States Forest Service) land for the purpose of fishing, hunting, trapping, hiking, bird-watching and other forms of outdoor recreation compatible with the use of public lands.

The program allows private landowners to enter into contractual agreements with Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks (FWP) to provide public recreational access where no legal public access currently exists, and receive an annual tax credit in the amount of $750 per agreement (up to a maximum of $3,000 tax credit per year) for allowing such access.

How to Apply

  • Deadline for applications from eligible landowners has been extended to April 15, 2016.
  • Applications must be accompanied by a map with information specified in Section IV of the application.
  • Submit applications to:
    • FWP — Wildlife, ATTN: Unlocking Public Lands Program

    • P.O. Box 200701
    • Helena, MT 59620


  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks – Wildlife

  • Unlocking Public Lands Program
  • P.O. Box 200701
  • Helena, MT 59620-0701 or