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Date:  March 6, 2008
Contact:  Dan Brunkhorst (406) 538-1929

BLM Hosts Meeting in Stanford on Rangeland Health Assessments

The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (BLM) will soon be hosting an informational public meeting/open house during the early stages of preparing an environmental assessment involving livestock grazing on public lands in Fergus, Choteau and Judith Basin Counties. 

The meeting/open house will be on Friday, March 14, 2008, at the city Hall (102 Central Avenue) in Stanford, Montana.
 
The study area includes 64 livestock grazing allotments in portions of the Dog, Taffy, Wolf and Upper Arrow Creek drainages and the Judith River.
 
The informational meeting portion of the day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with brief presentations about the planning process, rangeland health standards and guidelines, resource conditions, issues, and possible management resolutions, and will last about 30 minutes.
 
The open house portion of the day will begin around 10:30 a.m. with individual discussions among livestock grazing permit holders and BLM staff and will conclude around 5:00 p.m.
 
For the sake of time efficiency for everyone (ranchers and BLM staff) ranchers are encouraged to call Dan Brunkhorst, BLM Project Lead, at 406-538-1929, to schedule an appointment during the open house.
 
The environmental assessment will evaluate rangeland health standards and grazing management actions associated with 10-year grazing permit renewals on these public lands. In addition, pertinent associated issues, such as weed and forest management, will be discussed. 
 
For those permit holders who can not attend the March 14 open house, the BLM staff will also be available (by appointment in the Lewistown Field Office) on Tuesday, March 18, to discuss these grazing allotments. Again, please call Dan Brunkhorst to schedule an appointment.
 
If you have questions about this meeting/open house, please contact Dan Brunkhorst at 406-538-1929.
 
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