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.