Applications open for new outfitter and guide operations on the HLCNF

The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest is soliciting applications from interested outfitters and guides to provide services on National Forest System lands on the Belt Creek–White Sulphur Springs and the Judith–Musselshell ranger districts, known collectively as the Jefferson Division. The Forest Service intends to authorize three new special use permits for outfitters and guides providing a variety of services in the area, including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and skiing.

The new special use permits will allow individuals or organizations to conduct non–consumptive outfitter and guide services on National Forest System lands within areas described in the “prospectus”–a document outlining available outfitter and guide opportunities, as well as an application packet and information on how to apply for a permit. The prospectus is available online here.

 

Available Opportunities for New O&G Services

  • 250-400 service days* for winter snowmobile outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt and Castle mountain ranges. Approximate use dates are from December 1 through April 15. No overnight camping. Use is limited to existing trails and areas currently open to such use. Guided trips would be limited to a max group size of 10, including guides. MAP
  • 250-400 service days* for backcountry skiing, touring, snowshoeing, and winter outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt, Little Snowy, Big Snowy, Highwood, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges. Approximate use dates are from December 1 through April 15. A temporary warming yurt can be erected and taken down each season. Silvercrest ski winter recreation area would not be available. No overnight camping. Use is limited to existing trails and areas currently open to such use. MAP
  • 250-400 service days* for non-consumptive summer/fall outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt, Little Snowy, Big Snowy, Highwood, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges. Approximate use dates are from June 15 through December 1. No overnight camping. Use is limited to existing roads and trails and areas currently open to such use. Mountain bike use would not be considered in the Big Snowy Mountain Range. Hunting and fishing outfitting will not be considered. MAP

 

*The Authorized Officer has discretion for issuing the amount of service days.

Permit holders are agents of the Forest Service who provide services to the public, protect public health and safety, and attain management objectives. Service days are being offered based upon the recreational opportunities in the area and the demand the forest has identified. The final decision on the selection of one or more applicants, the number of service days authorized, and whether to allow use by more than one operator is at the sole discretion of the Authorized Officer. The Forest Service reserves the right to reject any or all applications if the applications do not best serve the needs of the public.

 

How to Apply

All application materials are available in the prospectus. Application packets should be mailed by January 31, 2020 to the following address:

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest
ATTN: Rory Glueckert
2880 Skyway Dr.
Helena, MT 59602

 

Important Documents

  • Prospectus, including permit application materials (fillable .docx, 300 KB)
  • Map 1 - winter snowmobile outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt and Castle mountain ranges (.PDF, 4.5 MB)
  • Map 2 - backcountry skiing, touring, snowshoeing, and winter outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt, Little Snowy, Big Snowy, Highwood, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges (.PDF, 3.5 MB)
  • Map 3 - non-consumptive summer/fall outfitting and guiding in the Little Belt, Little Snowy, Big Snowy, Highwood, Castle, and Crazy mountain ranges (.PDF, 4 MB)

 

For More Information

Questions about these outfitter and guide opportunities or how to apply for a permit can be directed to:

  • Rory Glueckert, Recreation Program Manager: (406) 449-5201
  • Ron Wiseman, Judith–Musselshell District Ranger: (406) 566-2292
  • Carol Hatfield, Belt Creek–White Sulphur Springs District Ranger: (406) 547-3361




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