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Butte Field Office
Release Date: 06/25/09
Contacts: David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Field Office Updates Weed Management Plan

The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has updated its weed management plan after completing an Environmental Assessment and issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record.

The new plan revises an older 1987 plan and adopts provisions that were contained and approved in a Bureau-wide Record of Decision issued in September 2007 which addressed vegetation treatment using herbicides on BLM lands in 17 Western states.

The updated weed plan also dovetails with the recently-approved Butte Resource Management Plan. The new weed management plan provides clear direction and guidance on how aerial applications may be conducted within the Butte Field Office’s public lands, establishes 15 weed management areas, and outlines standard operating procedures to be applied during herbicide operations in order to limit environmental consequences.

The Environmental Assessment and associated Finding of No Significant Impact /Decision Record has been posted to the Butte Field Office website. Go to and select the Butte Field Office link on the Montana map.  

The decision to update the Butte Weed Management Plan is subject to appeal, in certain instances. Appeals must be filed in writing no later than July 27. Information on how to appeal is contained in the Decision Record. For more information on the Butte Field Office Weed Program, contact Lacy Decker, Butte Weed Coordinator, at (406) 533-7651.

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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Last updated: 06-28-2012