HELENA, Mont. – January 2, 2024 – Starting this month, the Forest Service is accepting comments on reauthorization of existing outfitter and guide permits for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
“We are working with a team of specialists from the Helena-Lewis and Clark, Lolo and Flathead national forests to evaluate and reauthorize permits that are set to expire in April 2025,” said Rocky Mountain District Ranger Mike Muñoz. “Outfitters and guides help connect people with their public lands and we are looking for comments from the public that voice concerns or support for reauthorization of these permits.”
Outfitting is provided for under the Wilderness Act of September 3, 1964 (16 U.S.C. 1131- 1136) and is authorized in each of the Forest Plans of the three national forests that manage the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Each outfitter has a forest contact that ensures activities taking place on the forest minimize impact to these remote areas and help convey stewardship ethics. If permits are reauthorized, their term would go from 2025 to 2035. A decision is expected in June of 2024.
Visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/hlcnf/?project=65359 to learn more about this project and find information on how to submit comments. The deadline to submit a comment is February 2, 2024.