Hi MRF Members,
Today the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission voted against sending the Madison Recreation Plan to public comment. Myself and the board of directors think that was the wrong decision and we are extremely disappointed. Sending the plan to public comment would have allowed for input from all users and a plan to be in place for 2019, that now will not happen.
The Madison Recreation Plan as it was proposed was a good step forward in preserving, protecting and enhancing the Madison River as it makes protecting the river resources a first priority. The board of directors was supportive of the proposed plan because:
- Removing glass from the river is good for the river both environmentally and safety.
- The fishing regulations have prohibited fishing from a boat or vessel from the outlet of Quake Lake to Lyons Bridge and from Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake since 1988 to reduce conflict between walk/wade anglers and float anglers. Enforcing this regulation will enhance wade fisherman’s access to the river as the original regulation had intended.
- The proposed regulations on Special Recreation Permit holders are good for maintaining the quality of the river resources and the quality of the recreational experience for all.
FWP Region 3 Fisheries Manager, Travis Horton said “there is a threshold where use could start affecting fish population, but we don’t know where that threshold is”, he is right and FWP took the right approach in producing a fair, well researched plan that included public input. The commission and those who voiced opposition have put the Madison River fishery in jeopardy.
FWP has done a great job and I encourage you all to thank them for their proactive approach, putting together a fair plan for all that put the river first and tell them why you personally supported the plan. You can email FWP at email@example.com.
MRF will continue to be a part of the discussion, work with FWP and keep you informed moving forward.
Please let me know if you have any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406.624.9782
Lauren Wittorp, Executive Director