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(1) Except as provided in (5) , affected leased or licensed state land is closed to recreational use or subject to recreational use restrictions if the lessee complies with (2) and one of the following situations exists:

(a) Livestock is present or concentrated for purposes of calving, lambing, specialized or intensive breeding practices, or supplemental winter feeding.

(b) Livestock is concentrated for the purpose of weaning or shipping. If fewer than 200 animal units per section are concentrated, the closure or restriction may be imposed for no more than five days.

(c) Livestock is being gathered or moved.

(d) Weed control treatment is occurring or has recently occurred.

(e) The land is being irrigated; provided, however, that land may not be closed to foot traffic during a hunting season under this provision.

(f) The use would occur in close proximity to dwellings, structures, or facilities in use by the lessee; provided however, that ingress and egress to state land may not be prohibited under this provision.

(2) Closures and restrictions do not become effective until the lessee:

(a) notifies the appropriate area office that one of the situations described in (1) exists, and the area upon which it exists, the terms of the closure or restriction, and the duration of the closure or restriction. The closure or restriction is not effective until 24 hours after notice is given. Notice may be given in person, by mail, or by telephone;

(b) posts the state land near all customary and legal access points with signs that are provided by the department or duplicated from signs provided by the department. The sign must provide the lessee's name, address, telephone number, the closure or restriction imposed, the reason for the closure or restriction, the area to which it applies, and dates and the duration.

(3) Any person may object to a notice of management closure made pursuant to (1) on grounds that no basis for closure or restriction exists, that the area of closure or restriction in the notice is larger than necessary, or that the closure or restriction notice specifies a period that is longer than necessary. The objector shall notify the appropriate area office of the objection and the reason for it. The area manager or designee shall investigate the objection and within 2 working days of receipt of the objection shall determine whether the closure or restriction complies with this rule. An area manager may also conduct an investigation without receiving an objection. If he determines that the closure or restriction should be modified or terminated, he shall notify the lessee or his agent in writing. The lessee or agent shall immediately modify or terminate the closure or restriction to comply with the area office decision. Failure to comply with the area office directive subjects the violator to a civil penalty pursuant to ARM 36.25.157. If the investigation resulted from an objection, the area office shall also give written notice to the objector. The objector or the lessee may appeal the area office decision to the director by filing a written appeal with the area office within 5 working days of receipt of the notice. The area office shall forward the appeal to the director. The director shall convene the recreational use advisory council and, upon receipt of a recommendation of the council issue a written determination of the issue. The director's decision is binding on the parties. If the director's decision is to terminate or modify the closure or restriction, the lessee shall immediately remove or modify the closure or restriction signs. Failure to comply with the director's decision subjects the violator to civil penalty pursuant to ARM 36.25.157.

(4) The department shall maintain, by county, a master list of management closures and restrictions. The list must include the tract description, name, address, and phone number of the lessee, and the reason and period of closure or restriction. The list shall be available to the public by inspection or telephone inquiry at the department's main office in Helena, or by mail upon payment of $1.00 plus 15 for each page over 5 pages.

(5) General recreational use conducted in conjunction with a special recreational use license applied for prior to July 1, 1994, is exempt from closures or restrictions imposed pursuant to this rule.

History: 77-1-804, MCA; IMP, 77-1-804, MCA; NEW, 1994 MAR p. 1844, Eff. 7/8/94; TRANS, 1996 MAR p. 2384.

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