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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/24/11
Contacts: Craig Flentie (406) 538-1903    

BLM/NRST to Host Riparian Status Meetings


How are the BLM managed riparian areas (those green vegetative areas between the water and the uplands) along the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River fairing?

That’s a question often asked by recreationists, ranchers and scientists alike and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has newly revised information it would like to share with those interested. 

To that end, the BLM and the National Riparian Service Team will host two public meetings in March to discuss the findings of their 2010 Proper Functioning Condition (PFC) assessment along the Upper Missouri.  

The first meeting will be from 5:30-8:30 pm on Tuesday, March 15, at the Jerry Martin Memorial Community Hall, on Main Street, in Big Sandy. 
 
The second will be from 5:30-8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 16, at the Winifred Town Hall, on Main Street, in Winifred. 
 
Each meeting will consist of a presentation of the findings followed by public questions and answers. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided at each meeting. 
 
The National Riparian Service Team (NRST) is an interagency group of specialists charged with facilitating cooperative riparian management across the west. The team uses a Creeks and Communities Strategy which focuses on problem solving and fostering decision making at the ground level by the people most affected.
 
Last July NRST members, staff members from Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and members of the public completed an intensive field inventory of the BLM managed public land riparian areas along the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.  
 
Throughout the winter, NRST members analyzed the inventory information gathered last July and sharing those findings with the public is the next step in the process.
 
“We certainly encourage everyone interested in riparian management to attend one of these meetings and to continue participating as we move forward with managing these important resources,” offered monument manager Gary Slagel.
 
If you have questions about either of these meetings please contact Craig Flentie at 406-538-1903


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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