(1) The following are prohibited in state parks:

(a) possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing from its natural state:

(i) trees, shrubs, plants, or grasses, not including flowers, fruits, nuts, berries, cones, or fallen wood gathered by hand for personal use;

(ii) topsoil, subsoil, or permitting the disturbance or removal of topsoil or subsoil;

(iii) living or dead wildlife or fish, or the parts or products thereof, including antlers or nests, unless otherwise authorized;

(iv) nonfossilized and fossilized paleontological specimens, cultural or archeological resources, or the parts thereof;

(v) a mineral resource, rock or cave formation, or the parts thereof;

(b) introducing wildlife, fish, or plants, including their reproductive bodies, into a state park ecosystem;

(c) gathering or cutting firewood for off-site use, except where otherwise authorized;

(d) tossing, throwing, or rolling rocks or other items inside caves or caverns, into valleys, canyons, or caverns, down hillsides or mountainsides;

(e) designing, constructing, placing, or using any structure, including but not limited to roads, trails, signs, or landscape features, except where otherwise authorized. Unauthorized structures are subject to removal or impoundment;

(f) possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or disturbing infrastructure, including but not limited to buildings, signs, or gates; and

(g) using a mineral or metal detector, magnetometer, or other metal detecting device, except where otherwise authorized.

(2) In addition to any other penalty provided, individuals violating this rule may be expelled immediately from the state park, as provided in ARM 12.8.823.

History: 23-1-106, 23-1-111, MCA; IMP, 23-1-106, 23-1-111, MCA; NEW, 2016 MAR p. 825, Eff. 5/7/16.