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Date:  March 23, 2009
Contact: David Abrams (406) 533-7600

Western Montana Resource Advisory Council To Meet 

The Butte, Dillon, and Missoula Field Offices of the Bureau of Land Management announce a meeting of the Western Montana Resource Advisory Council on March 31, starting at 9 am. The meeting will be held at the Butte Field Office Conference Room, 106 N. Parkmont, in Butte. 

Key agenda items include election of officers, an update from the three Western Montana BLM Field Offices, and a presentation on Forest Service recreation fee proposals. For a copy of the agenda, contact David Abrams at the BLM Butte Field Office, (406) 533-7617 or email at david_abrams@blm.gov. The meeting is open to the public and the public comment period is scheduled for 11:30 am on March 31. Interested parties may make oral statements before the Council or file written statements for the Council to consider. Depending on the number of persons wishing to make comments, a per-person time limit may be established.

The purpose of the Council is to advise the Secretary of Interior, through the BLM, on a variety of issues associated with public land management. The 15-member Council includes individuals who have expertise or education in the planning and management of public lands and resources. 

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 estates 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.