Date: January 20, 2009
Contact: Mark Jacobsen (406) 233-2831
Pumpkin Creek Exchange Information Meetings Set
The BLM has scheduled two informal open houses in Ekalaka and Miles City to discuss the second phase of the Pumpkin Creek Land Exchange.
The first open house will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Carter County Fairgrounds main building in Ekalaka; the second will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Miles City Field Office located at 111 Garryowen Road in Miles City. Both meetings will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The BLM is looking to gather input from individuals and groups interested in sharing their perspectives regarding the land parcels being considered for exchange. All of the federal land parcels under consideration are located in Carter County.
The BLM is currently in the second phase of the land exchange, the majority of the Pumpkin Creek ranch having been secured as public land earlier on Feb. 20, 2008. The Pumpkin Creek Ranch and Recreation Area is located about 15 miles south of Miles City. Once phase two of the land exchange is completed the area will provide a contiguous 20,578 acre block for the public to enjoy.
The BLM manages more land – 256 million acres – than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.