U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Dillon Field Office
|Release Date: 12/27/11|
BLM Schedules Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy Scoping Meeting in Dillon
As part of a national strategy to evaluate greater sage-grouse conservation measures in land use plans, the Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office is asking the public to help identify issues to be addressed in an environmental impact statement and land use plan amendment.
A scoping open house will be held Jan. 12, 2012, at the National Guard Armory in Dillon from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Members of the public can drop into the open house at any time between those hours. The armory is located at 1050 Montana Hwy. 41.
The Dillon meeting is one of 26 being held across the Western Region. Scoping meetings allow attendees the opportunity to review posters and other informational materials, talk with project team members, and submit comments on the project.
Based on ongoing threats to the greater sage-grouse and its habitat throughout the West, as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2015 deadline for making a decision whether to list the species under the Endangered Species Act, the BLM will be incorporating consistent objectives and conservation measures into relevant resource management plans by September 2014.
For those unable to attend the scoping meeting, scoping comments may be submitted by a variety of methods. More information on how to submit comments can be found at http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/prog/wildlife/mtdksplanning.html
The scoping period began Dec. 9, 2011 and ends Feb. 7, 2012.
For more information on the scoping process and greater sage-grouse habitat conservation measures, visit the BLM’s greater sage-grouse website at http://www.blm.gov/sagegrouse.
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. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. 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.
Dillon Field Office 1005 Selway Dillon, MT 59725
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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