To manage a deluge of applications for Smith River float permits at its Great Falls regional office, Fish, Wildlife & Parks will move the application process to its Helena headquarters.
"We're switching the drawing process to our Helena headquarters," says Joe O'Neill, Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Smith River manager, "because last year we got 3,700 applications. That's too big for the regional office to handle."
Daily management of the Smith River program will remain in FWP's Great Falls office.
The switch will mean applications must be sent to FWP's Helena headquarters not FWP's Great Falls regional office. The deadline for having Smith River applications in Helena is 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15, O'Neill says. Also, those applications must contain original signatures.
"Faxed or photocopied signatures will not be accepted," O'Neill says, "just like on the big game applications."
Applications are available now at all FWP regional offices and Helena headquarters. Also, applications may be downloaded from FWP's web page at http:\\fwp.state.mt.us. On the department's web page check under the parks' icon. Then print the application. E-mailed applications will not accepted.
The cost for Montana residents is $20, which may be paid by personal check, cashier's check or money order. Cash may be sent at the sender's risk.
For non-residents, the cost is $40, which may be paid by cashier's check or money order. Non-residents may not use personal checks. Of course, cash may be sent at the sender's risk.
Resident or non-resident, only one application per person is allowed. Drawing results will be mailed by March 3. Refunds will be mailed by March 15. If no word is received by March 31, it is the applicants' responsibility to contact FWP in Great Falls. Call (406) 454-5861.