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Both of our senators (Max Baucus and Jon Tester) have introduced separate bills to designate thousands of acres of Montana land as wilderness, and we presently have millions of acres already locked up in other wilderness designations within the state. A wilderness designation means that the land involved shall be roadless, which eliminates motorized vehicles from these areas, thus eliminating accessibility to these lands to all but the physically fit. Therefore, the handicapped and the old age groups (of which I am now one) are banned from usage.

Because of the American Disability Act (ADA), we cannot build a public building without providing handicap access to all floors of the building (and even to the restrooms). This is the law of the land, and it is a good law. How, then, can we lock up public lands into wilderness without providing access for the old and disabled? It seems to me that any wilderness is clearly a violation of the ADA.

Bill Ballard

Billings

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