Beginning January 1, 2015, the stay limitations on NFS lands within Montana will be 16 consecutive days, and the stay limitations within North Dakota and South Dakota will be 14 consecutive days.
The purpose of this Order is to simplify stay limit rules on NFS lands, clearing up confusion related to the differences between the length of stay rules currently in place on each forest and grassland. The revision will help campers better understand the stay limits and assist with voluntary compliance.
“We want people to be able to get outdoors and explore their national forests and grasslands without the added confusion of inconsistent rules,” said Faye Krueger, Regional Forester for the Northern Region. Currently, stay limits on NFS lands in Montana are 16 days in some locations and 14 days in others. Under this revised Order, the stay limit will be 16 consecutive days in one location on NFS lands
In North Dakota and South Dakota, current stay limits in the Northern Region differ from the stay limits in the Rocky Mountain Region. Under the revised Order, the stay limit will be 14 consecutive days in one location on NFS lands throughout North Dakota and South Dakota.
The occupancy rules are in place to reduce impact to vegetation and habitat as well as to provide for access to established campsites for other visitors.
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