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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Dillon Field Office
 
Release Date: 12/21/11
Contacts: Contact David Abrams 406-533-7617    

Dillon BLM Watershed Assessments Ready for Public Review


Bureau of Land Management officials have made assessments of resource conditions on public lands within the Medicine Lodge and East Grasshopper Watersheds available for public review.

The Medicine Lodge Assessment is located in Beaverhead County of southwestern Montana and covers about 40,648 acres of public land on 16 grazing allotments, as well as 1,609  acres of unallotted public land.

The East Grasshopper Assessment is in Beaverhead County and covers about 79,000 acres of public land in 16 grazing allotments, as well as 1,237 acres of unleased public land parcels. 

The BLM welcomes public comments to help formulate alternatives and define issues for the environmental assessments.  To be most useful, public comments must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2012.  The watershed assessment reports have been mailed to all individuals who expressed an interest in the projects and asked to be on the mailing list.  To receive a copy of either watershed assessment report, call the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000, or email MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov.  The watershed assessment reports are also available for review online at:  www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/dillon_field_office.html.

In preparing the assessments, the BLM’s Dillon Field Office evaluated each watershed’s resources according to the five standards for rangeland health.  These standards include maintaining properly functioning upland and riparian areas; assuring that water quality and air quality meet state standards; and providing for biodiversity.  Forest health, fuel conditions, and recreational issues were also assessed. 

National Environment Policy Act documents will be prepared to analyze alternatives for revising management where resource concerns were found within these watersheds.  The NEPA documents will be completed by resource specialists from the Dillon Field Office in coordination with grazing lessees, other agencies, and the interested public. 


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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Last updated: 06-28-2012