Fish, Wildlife & Parks is now accepting public comment on a petition submitted under the auspices of Montana's stream access law asking that the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission limit recreational use on portions of the Ruby River near Alder in southwestern Montana.
Specifically, the petitioners, Charles W. and Elana B. d'Autremont, request "all persons having a relationship with the Broken Arrow Lodge and Guest Ranch, including guests, the current owners, employees, any future owners of said lodge, or any successor Guest Ranch or Lodging open to the public are to be prohibited from entering the property of the Petitioners under the current Stream Access Law, without specific permission of the Petitioners or their successors in ownership."
Copies of the petition are available from FWP's Region 3 office at 1400 South 19th, Bozeman, MT 59701. Comments will be accepted at the same address through January 22,1999, as well as at a public hearing in Sheridan on January 13. The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Sheridans Bethel Methodist Church (Bethel Hall), which is next to the NRCS office building.
FWP is presently conducting an investigation of the petition and is required to provide a written report to the FWP Commission. The Commission will likely act upon the petition at its February 4-5 meeting in Helena.
For more information on the petition or a copy of FWP's investigative findings, call 406-994-4042.