Friday, October 31, 2003
Beginning this season, nonresidents riding their snowmobiles in Montana will be required to pay a $15 snowmobile use permit per machine to support the grooming of Montana snowmobile trails.
“Nonresident permits are becoming the norm throughout the snow belt. The fee helps ensure that visiting snowmobilers share in the costs of grooming trails,” said Bob Walker, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks state trails program coordinator. Seventy percent of snow-belt states, and nearly all Canadian provinces, charge nonresident fees.
Walker said 83 percent of the revenue collected must be used to groom snowmobile trails. The balance goes to enforcement of snowmobile laws, a search and rescue surcharge and administrative costs.
The nonresident snowmobile permits will be available beginning Dec. 1 from FWP, FWP license providers in areas of heavy snow trail use, select snowmobile equipment retail businesses, hotels and motels and other businesses serving snowmobilers.
For more information call 406-444-4585.