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By Andi Bourne

Winter Access on Cottonwood Lakes Road Questioned


SEELEY LAKE – Missoula resident John Rice has requested year-round access to his property on Cottonwood Lakes Road, National Forest System Road (NFSR) No. 477, from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Lolo National Forest (LNF). The Cottonwood Lakes Road has been closed to wheeled vehicle travel from Dec. 1 – April 30 since January 1994. Rice seeks to ensure wheeled-vehicle access through the winter for himself and his descendants and feels the USFS is refusing to honor past contractual agreements.

Rice purchased a half section of property in Powell County on Cottonwood Lakes Road about thre...

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