Applications open for new outfitter and guide operations on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

HELENA, Mont. (November 4, 2019) – 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.

“We are glad to be providing these upcoming business opportunities on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest to the public,” says Rory Glueckert, Recreation Program Manager on the forest. “This is one way that we can have a real, positive economic impact and support those communities surrounding the National Forest that we manage.”

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 at bit.ly/HLC-OutfitterGuide.

Interested parties may now submit applications for the following outfitter and guide opportunities in the Jefferson Division:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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


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.

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.

Questions about these outfitter and guide opportunities or how to apply for a permit can be directed to Rory Glueckert (406-449-5201), Ron Wiseman, Judith–Musselshell District Ranger (406-566-2292); or Carol Hatfield, Belt Creek–White Sulfur Springs District Ranger (406-547-3361).

 

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