State names group to regulate Madison River crowding
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission has named 10 people to a negotiated rule-making committee that’s expected to offer a regulatory proposal for the upper Madison River that could be implemented as soon as 2020.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the committee will begin meeting next month.
Its formation comes about eight months after the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission killed a suite of regulations the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks proposed to limit use on the river, including provisions capping fishing outfitter use on the river.
In response to opposition from outfitters, the commissioners formed this committee, which can only advance a proposal if each member supports it.
The 10 people selected include outfitters, local anglers and tourism business owners, among others. It also will include a member of the Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com