If you are planning an MSU-related trip to the Custer Gallatin National Forest, we ask that you coordinate your trip with the Office of Legal Council to ensure we adhere to our permit.

Step 1: Submit Proposed Use Forms

Only MSU staff or faculty can submit the proposed use forms. 

Step 2: Wait for Approval

The forms will be immediately submitted to the Office of Legal Counsel and then sent to the USFS for approval. Occasionally, additional information will be required, or locations need to be discussed. If that happens, Legal Counsel will contact the requestor directly.

Step 3: Plan your trip

Before your trip to the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the appropriate approvals must be given under the university's permit. Coordinate the following information: proposed dates, proposed locations, proposed activities, and estimated number of participants.

Step 4: Have a Great Trip

Be sure to follow all rules/guidance outlined in the Permit (below) as well as university policies. 

Step 5: Submit Actual Use Forms

Actual Use Forms must be submitted within 14 days after the trip.


This Proposed Itinerary Report is for the following Timeline - Please Note Deadlines 

 August 15 - December 15 
December 15 - August 15
Off Cycle (reported outside of required timelines)



The Montana State University National Forest system lands permit

This permit authorizes priority use outfitting and guiding for 10 years 

Montana State University is authorized to use and occupy National Forest System lands, subject to the terms and conditions of this permit, to provide outfitting and guiding services within the Bozeman, Hebgen Lake, Yellowstone, Gardiner and Beartooth Ranger Districts of the Custer Gallatin National Forest, described as and as shown on the map of the authorized area. 

The permit explains the areas, activity type, period of use and the authorized days for MSU.

Restrictions and Use of U.S. Forest Service Land

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Questions or comments? Contact: 406-994-4570