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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/28/11
Contacts: Contact David Abrams 406-533-7617    

BLM Seeks Information On North Hills Vandals


The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office seeks information on incidents involving vandalism on public lands in the North Hills Area, approximately 6 miles northeast of Helena.

Working with the Crime Stoppers Program, BLM officials are asking the public to provide information on the person or persons responsible for at least $5,000 worth of damage to fences and gates at the lower trailhead of the North Hills Area.

During the summer of 2010, the Butte Field Office began implementing the East Helena Travel Management Plan, which was part of the Butte Record of Decision and Approved Resource Management Plan of April 2009. BLM employees constructed a single gate, a double gate, and a fence-type walk-through, all connected by a large section of jack-leg fence at the trailhead. In accordance with the East Helena Travel Management Plan, the gates allow the BLM to close access to two routes from Feb. 14 to April 16 each year to prevent soil erosion.

Over the past three months, acts of vandalism have resulted in damage beyond repair to the single gate and jack-leg fence. Around that same time, the double gate was damaged, but has since been temporarily repaired. Multiple aluminum signs were also damaged and/or stolen.

To report information about the vandalism, please contact Helena Area Crime Stoppers at 1-800-534-5541 or 1-406-443-2000. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender. You can also make an anonymous report by logging on to www.helenacs.com.  


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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