Unlocking State Lands

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Program Overview

The objective of the Unlocking State 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 land for the purpose of fishing, hunting, hiking, bird-watching and other forms of outdoor recreation compatible with the use of state 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 $500 per agreement (up to a maximum of $2,000 tax credit per year) for allowing such access.

Project Locations

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  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks – Wildlife
  • Unlocking State Lands Program
  • P.O. Box 200701
  • Helena, MT 59620-0701 or