Fish, Wildlife and Parks will conduct a series of public hearings across Montana in the coming weeks to receive comments on proposed new rules outlining those procedures used by the agency for designating certain fishing access sites as "primitive" sites and the types of developments that may occur at them.
The hearings, will be held at FWP's regional offices in Billings on March 4 and in Missoula on March 9, and at the agency's Helena headquarters on March 18. All hearings will run from 7 to 9 p.m.
The 1993 Legislature, in passing House Bill 314, established a "primitive" state park designation. The purpose of that legislation was to ensure that the future development and improvements at state parks was kept to a minimal level. A similar limitation on development of designated "primitive" fishing access sites through rulemaking is appropriate. Development at these sites, like at "primitive" state parks, will be kept to a minimum so that they serve the primary purpose of providing access to public waters. The proposed rules will limit development to only minimal improvements that are deemed necessary to keep the sites from deteriorating beyond a useable condition.
Comments may be offered at the hearings or they may be submitted in writing to Tom Reilly, FWP's fishing access site program coordinator, at P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701. Written comments should be received no later than March 20.