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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 08/18/09
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Fuels Project In Big Hole Area Leads To Intermittent Closures

Some roads and ATV trails on Bureau of Land Management property near the Big Hole River may see temporary closures as a public safety measure during a fuels reduction project in the area.

The BLM has started a fuels reduction and habitat restoration project on the south side of the Big Hole River between Dewey and Wise River. The project includes the removal of small trees and the resulting debris can often fly up to 300 feet.

To protect the public, the BLM will temporarily close some roads and trails within and adjacent to those areas where trees are being removed. Signs will be posted along those closed routes. The closures could be in effect between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, including weekends, but closures on individual roads are not expected to last more than one to three days each. The fuels reduction project is scheduled to be completed in mid-October.

For more information, call Sarah LaMarr at (406) 533-7636 or Mary Lou Zimmerman at (406) 533-7667.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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