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Release Date: 05/04/09
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Montana/Dakotas BLM to Receive Economic Stimulus Funds

The Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management will receive $18.5 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The money will fund 77 projects in the three states.  Overall, the Department of Interior will invest more than $3 billion through President Obama’s economic recovery plan, $305 million of which is dedicated to BLM projects, most of which are in the West. 

In announcing the funding, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said, “Through these economic recovery investments, we are also making a down payment on restoring and protecting the stunning landscapes that BLM manages on behalf of the American people.” He added, “We will conserve habitat, restore watersheds, clean up abandoned mine sites and wells, and build a legacy of stewardship of which we can be proud.”

The Montana/Dakotas’ share of the recovery funds will go toward habitat restoration, abandoned mines, maintenance and upgrade of roads and recreation trails and facilities, dam repair, and renewable energy authorizations.

BLM State Director Gene Terland said, “This is an exciting time for the BLM in Montana and the Dakotas. We’ll be helping local economies and, at the same time, be able to undertake projects that we’ve been wanting to do for years. With the Recovery Act funds, we can further enhance the health of our forests and rangelands, upgrade our recreation facilities and other infrastructure, and continue to reclaim abandoned mines.”

The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on and on Secretary Salazar has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force.  Henderson and the Task Force will work closely with the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General to ensure that the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency that President Obama has set.

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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