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Bullwhacker Proposed Land Exchange

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently considering a preliminary proposal to exchange private and public lands in Blaine, Fergus, and Musselshell Counties. The proposal was received from Wilks Ranch Montana, Ltd., a corporation owned by Farris and Dan Wilks.  This preliminary proposal is the result of discussions between the Wilkses and the BLM.

The BLM has been pursuing the restoration of access to the Bullwhacker Coulee area in Blaine County since it was lost as a result of a legal determination several years ago.

The BLM will begin the process of preparing an environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to guide its decision making in this matter.  Analyzed in that document will be alternative methods of restoring public access to the Bullwhacker, one of which would be a potential land exchange.  Also under consideration is the construction or improvement of road access into the area.

The public will be asked to provide additional ideas they may have during the scoping process for the EA.

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* Correction - None of these BLM in-holdings, including Durfee Hills, have overland public access.  Limited access by fixed wing aircraft is available on established two tracks which are suitable to land on without going cross-country.  All the proposed parcels may be accessible by helicopter.  This area is accessed by a limited number of user's each year.

Public Comment

If you have comments or an option for the BLM to consider, you may send an email to

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.