The Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is now seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would establish a fee and registration system for commercial users of Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River west of Missoula who launch from FWP-administered fishing access sites.
The registration process, which was tentatively adopted in January pending receipt of public comments, would be initiated this April and extend through March 15, 1999.
FWP officials desire to install the registration process to document the number of commercial users of the gorge during 1998 as well as in prior seasons. FWP estimates that approximately 25-30 past commercial users will register to use Alberton Gorge in 1998.
As part of the proposal, a commercial use fee of 3 percent of an individual commercial users' gross revenue is proposed. The proposed rule also would limit the number of commercial outfitters who will be able to launch from FWP sites to use Alberton Gorge in the future.
Written comments on or questions concerning the proposal are requested to be sent by March 3 to: Lee Bastian, Fish, Wildlife, & Parks, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula, MT 59804; telephone (406) 542-5500.
The FWP Commission is scheduled to act on the proposal at its March meeting.