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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/07/09
Contacts: Willy Frank 406-538-1918    

BLM Complete Snowies-Little Belts Assessment


The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office (BLM) has completed the final environmental assessment (EA) for the Snowies-Little Belts planning area. 

The EA assesses resource conditions on 26,901 acres of BLM-administered public lands encompassing 81 BLM grazing allotments in Fergus and Judith Basin counties. It also identifies and evaluates management actions needed to ensure that rangeland health standards are met, and that livestock grazing practices conform with management guidelines. 

Now that the final EA is completed, individual proposed decisions are being issued on each of the 68 grazing permits/leases associated with the 81 allotments. The decisions will result in cancellation of the existing permits/leases and issuance of new 10-year grazing permits/leases. The new permits/leases will be issued with terms and conditions based on the proposed action and will incorporate the standards and guidelines for rangeland health as shown in Appendices B and C of the final EA.

For questions or a copy of of the EA, please contact Lowell Hassler or Willy Frank at (406) 538-1900. The EA is also available on the BLM website at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/lewistown_field_office/Watershed_Plans.html.
 


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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