The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission (commission) has determined the following reasons justify the adoption of a temporary emergency rule: (a) A log jam has created an obstruction in a narrow, steep-walled section of a canyon that has caused the river to be impassable by recreationists. (b) Persons recreating on the river in this condition would be subjected to: (i) collisions with the log jam; (ii) becoming stranded and having to hike out of steep canyon areas; or (iii) drowning. (c) Therefore, as this situation constitutes an imminent peril to public health, safety, and welfare, and this threat cannot be averted or remedied by any other administrative act, the commission adopts the following temporary emergency rule. The emergency rule will be sent as a press release to newspapers throughout the state. Also, signs informing the public of the closure will be posted at access points. The rule will be sent to interested parties, and published as a temporary emergency rule in Issue No. 11 of the 2009 Montana Administrative Register.
Jessica Fitzpatrick Fish, Wildlife and Parks 1420 East Sixth Avenue PO Box 200701 Helena MT 59620-07001
The public comment period for this public notice ended on Monday, July 6, 2009.