The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission is seeking public comment on a proposal that specifically defines "landowner" for recreational floating of the Smith River. The definition will be used to allow specific landowners to float the Smith River for recreation.
Under the recently adopted Smith River Special Use Area Rule, the proposed definition states that for any specific fee title property on the Smith River, only one landowner--and that landowner's immediate family--can be designated for "landowner recreational floating" in a year.
"The challenge was to define what constitutes a 'landowner' on the Smith River because lands in the river corridor are held or managed in a variety of ways, including by a lessee, a corporation, co-owners, or partnerships," said Tom Reilly, FWP Parks Division assistant administrator.
The Commission approved the tentative landowner definitions at its January meeting and will adopt a final version of the definition at its February 20-21 meeting in Helena. Written comments should be submitted by February 15, but comment will be taken up to and during the Commission meeting.
A copy of the proposed Smith River landowner definitions may be requested by calling the FWP Parks Division at 406-444-3750, by writing to FWP, Attn: Smith River Rule, 1420 East Sixth Ave., P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, or by e-mail to email@example.com.