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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 09/10/09
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Approves Final Phase of Land Exchange

The BLM has issued a decision to approve the final phase of the proposed Pumpkin Creek Land Exchange located about 15 miles south of Miles City.

A 45-day comment period will begin on Sept. 11.

Interested parties may submit written comments to: BLM Miles City Field Office, attn: Associate Field Manager Debbie Johnson, 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, MT 59301.

This second phase will acquire the approximately 1,800 acres of private land remaining within the Pumpkin Creek Ranch using previously identified federal lands in Carter County. Final completion of the exchange will create a block of approximately 20,578 acres of federal land available for a variety of public uses and BLM resource programs.

The BLM held two open houses earlier this year in February at Ekalaka and Miles City to discuss this portion of the process and gather input regarding the land parcels being considered for exchange; all of which are located in Carter County. The majority of the Pumpkin Creek Ranch was previously secured as public land on Feb. 20, 2008.

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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.

Miles City Field Office   111 Garryowen Road      Miles City, MT 59301  

Last updated: 06-28-2012