UPDATED TIMELINE: Gianforte's Lawsuit to Eliminate Stream Access

Tuesday March 25, 2008 (NEW)
Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) email stating: "the current owner (Gianforte's) has fenced the easement and actively excluded the public from accessing this property. I think it is time the receive a letter from FWP reminding them that this is a public easement."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Gianforte's lawyer, Art Wittich, demands FWP to "relinquish" the easement calling it "unnecessary." 

Thursday, October 30, 2008
FWP responded by saying no, and asked Gianforte to remove the "intimidating signs and gate" that were excluding the public from accessing the easement.

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Art Wittich on behalf of East Gallatin LLC (Gianfortes are the listed principals) filed a lawsuit against FWP to relinquish the public access easement on the grounds that the original 1993 contract was not legal and the easement was “unnecessary” and therefore FWP needs to “extinguish” the easement.

Friday, June 5, 2009
Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports on Gianforte's lawsuit "to eliminate a one-acre easement providing access to the East Gallatin River."

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