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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Dillon Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/04/09
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM To Study Madison And Big Hole Watersheds


The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office plans to analyze existing resource conditions on public lands administered by the BLM within the Madison and Upper Big Hole watersheds this summer.

The five standards for rangeland health will be reviewed on an allotment-by-allotment basis to determine whether or not the standards are being met. 

Standards include: maintaining properly functioning upland and riparian areas, assuring that water quality and air quality meet State standards, and providing for biodiversity. Forest health, fuels conditions and conifer encroachment issues are also included within the land health standards.

Where these standards are not met, contributing factors will be identified and recommendations for corrective action will be developed and presented by the interdisciplinary team. National Environmental Policy Act documents will be prepared to analyze alternatives for revised management where resource concerns are found within these watersheds. The assessments, determinations and any necessary NEPA documents will be completed by resource specialists from the Dillon Field Office in coordination with permittees/lessees, other agencies and the interested public. 

For more information about this process or to contribute information or data that may be helpful to BLM, call (406) 683-8000 or e-mail MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov.


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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