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Proposed Changes to Recreation Areas

Clarify motorized recreation on trails

  • The Issue: Currently the language of the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act allows for motorized recreation within the recreation areas on approved, designated routes and trails already in existence. This can lend to some confusion over definitions.
  • The Change: Sen. Tester will propose the more simplified language of: "designated trails and areas."
  • Where the idea came from: In response to concerns expressed by the Blue Ribbon Coalition, Snowmobile Alliance of Western States, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association and Wildlands CPR.

Clarify snowmobiling language

  • The Issue: Currently the language of the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act mistakenly limits snowmobiling in the recreation areas to "designated routes and trails," not general areas (snowmobiles often do not follow designated routes).
  • The Change: Sen. Tester will propose to change the bill to be clear that the intent of the bill is to allow snowmobiling in the designated recreation areas where it occurs today: on routes, trails and areas.
  • Where the idea came from: Dozens of snowmobile riders and Blue Ribbon Coalition, Snowmobile Alliance of Western States, Montana Trail Vehicle Riders Association and others.

Change the verb 'permit' to 'allow'

  • The Issue: Some people interpret the word "permit" to mean that people will have to apply for a permit for the use in question, such as bicycling.
  • The Change: In order to alleviate this fear, Sen. Tester will propose the word "permit" to be changed to 'allow' when defining permissible uses in the recreation areas.
  • Where the idea came from: Beaverhead County Commissioner Mike McGinley.
Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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