June 21, 2022
MONTANA OUTFITTERS AND GUIDES ASSOCIATION JOINS WITH SENATORS TESTER AND DAINES IN CALLING FOR EXPEDITED PERMITTING FLEXIBILITY
Guides, Outfitters Need Immediate Alternatives to Operate on Public Lands Due to Catastrophic Flooding
HELENA, MT- In a letter [link] sent to the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Senators Tester and Daines urged flexibility in the permitting process to avoid severe economic damage to Montana’s rural communities and small businesses impacted by last week’s catastrophic funding in the Yellowstone region.
Mac Minard, Executive Director of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association, supports this effort and underscores the need for expedited permitting to allow for flexibility as the busy summer season begins.
“Montana’s outfitters and guides continue to hemorrhage revenue daily and are scrambling to come up with alternatives to be able pay staff and service their clients,” said Minard. “Rafting guides have identified new access points, backcountry guides are looking for alternative trailheads, fishing guides need new put-ins and walk in options. While they are coming up with creative solutions to try and save their summer season, it’s up to BLM and USFS to allow for the temporary permitting changes.”
Patrick Sipp, of Flying Pig Adventures, is one of many guides working on an immediate solution to benefit his business as the rest of the Gardiner community.
“Flooding has left us unable to access our typical take-out for our half day rafting trips,” said Sipp. “While we are actively refunding customers, we are hoping to be able to run trips again soon and salvage a portion of the summer. To do this, we need to be granted immediate, temporary access to other take-outs until we identify another viable alternative.”
In addition to calling for permitting flexibility, MOGA is advocating to reopen the Yellowstone River for public use and is hopeful this is a top priority of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The Mission of the Montana Outfitter and Guides Association is to protect, enhance, and effectively represent the Montana Outfitting Industry in all its forms. MOGA is proud to include more than 700 of Montana’s professional licensed outfitters and guides with operations that span the state’s regions. With years of experience guiding hunters, fishermen, horseback riders, skiers and snowmobilers, our outfitters will show you the best of Montana in a vacation that’s personalized to your needs.
BILLINGS, Mont (AP) — A judge restored federal protections for gray wolves across much of the U.S. on Thursday after they were removed in the waning days of the Trump administration.
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland, California, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had failed to show wolf populations could be sustained in the Midwest and portions of the West without protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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MOGA applauds the News of Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Delisting
HELENA – (June 22, 2017) – Montana Outfitters and Guides Association released the following statement in response to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement that the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is being delisted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA):
“The Montana Outfitters and Guides Association stands in full support of the action taken by Secretary Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear,” noted Mac Minard Executive Director of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. “Delisting of the Grizzly Bear has been a priority of the association for years and we are delighted that the ESA delisting process worked.” Like many we believe the science of management is fully consistent with the delisting action and that this action represents a critical first step for the State of Montana to regain management of the bear population.”
MOGA has supported the delisting efforts directed at the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) population of grizzlies and supported management of this recovered population of bears be returned to the state agencies. Montana is part of the GYE population which also includes portions of northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho. Conservative estimates are that approximately 700 bears are now within the GYE.
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A serious nine year old boy is perched on the front of my boat. In one hand he grips a spinning rod, his other hand is clenched on a blue cam strap. We’ve just passed the confluence of the Snake River and the Salmon River. It feels like a symbolic spot, Idaho’s wildest river and it’s most domesticated meeting to shake hands. I almost speak up, ask this kid what he thinks these two rivers are trying to tell us. Then I remember he is nine and keep quiet. As the surging rapids of the confluence turn to glassy flat water, he turns to look me in the eye.
“What’s your favorite animal, Emerald?” he questions.
“Probably a river otter?” I reply, caught off guard.
He studies me for a second.
“That is a water animal. What is your favorite land animal?”
“Um. Elephant.” I say. It’s the end of a long day and it’s the first that comes to mind.
He turns around and sends his lure splashing into the eddy line on our left.
“What’s your favorite water animal?” I ask, liking the way kids don’t expect much continuity in their conversations.
“Salmon,” he states without hesitation, slowly reeling his lure back in to the boat.
“Good one,” I reply. Want to know something cool about salmon?”
He nods, gaze on his line skittering through the deep, green water.
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