U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
|Release Date: 09/16/11|
BLM Lifts Seasonal Motorized Restrictions on Upper Missouri River
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) would like to remind recreationists that the seasonal motorized watercraft travel restrictions on the wild and scenic segments of the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River will run through Thursday, September 15 this year.
On September 16, recreationists can again use motorized watercraft on any segment of the river.
However, personal watercraft and floatplanes are allowed only on the river miles 0–3 downstream from Fort Benton, yearlong.
“The seasonal restrictions work well and have been a part of managing and recreating on the Upper Missouri since the first management plan was written for the Wild and Scenic Missouri River (30 some years ago). These regulations balance the interests of motorized and non-motorized recreationists,” offered Jon Edwards, a BLM law enforcement ranger stationed in Lewistown.
“We would also like to remind overnight boaters/floaters they are required to have and use a portable toilet on their river trip. We implemented this decision in 2004, based upon concern about human waste disposal along the Upper Missouri,” Edwards added.
Monument Manager Gary Slagel would also like to remind campers to drown their campfires completely out. “It’s surprising how often our river rangers find abandoned campsites with fires still burning. Regardless of where we’re camping, we all have to be extremely careful with campfires,” Slagel said.
If you have questions about these regulations or to report a violation, please contact BLM ranger Jon Edwards at (406) 538-1939.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument 920 NE Main Lewistown, MT 59457
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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