Date: May 16, 2008
Contact: Marilyn Krause (406) 533-7617
BLM Butte Field Office to Assess Range Allotments This Summer
The Bureau of Land Management Butte Field Office will be conducting land health assessments on 23 livestock grazing allotments in various locations across the field office to determine if public lands are meeting BLM’s Standards for Rangeland Health. Allotments to be assessed throughout June and July are located in Broadwater, Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark Counties. The field office has been conducting assessments on the over 200 grazing allotments under its jurisdiction since establishment of the standards in 1998.
Standards include: maintaining properly functioning upland and riparian areas, assuring that water quality and air quality meet State standards, and providing for biodiversity. Where standards for land health are not met, contributing factors will be identified and recommendations for corrective action will be developed and presented by the interdisciplinary team.
If you would like to be involved in the process, participate in the assessments, or need further information, contact Renee Johnson, in the Butte Field Office at 533-7630 or send an email to MT_Butte_FO@blm.gov and put rangeland health assessments in the subject line.