(1) The board shall, pursuant to 2-15-122,
MCA, appoint from a list of persons nominated by recreationist and lessee
groups a recreational use advisory council consisting of 3 recreationists and
3 lessees. The members shall serve without compensation, but they are entitled
to reimbursement for travel expenses pursuant to 2-15-122, MCA.
(2) The advisory council shall
gather information and advise the director on the validity of management
closure or restriction appeals made pursuant to ARM 36.25.153, on appeals of
area manager decisions regarding site-specific closure petitions
pursuant to ARM 36.25.152, and on whether to subject renewal of a block
management agreement pursuant to ARM 36.25.167 to public review. In advising
the director, the
council shall attempt to provide reasonable recreational use of state lands within the
bona fide management constraints of lessees.
(3) The following are general guidelines for the council's use in determining whether
the term of a management closure or restriction is reasonable: for calving or
lambing, 60 days; for breeding, 30 days; for gathering or moving, 1 day; for
weed treatment, 5 days; and for concentration of 200 or more animal units per
section for weaning and shipping, 30 days. The council may deviate from these
guidelines as management circumstances dictate.