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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Billings Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/05/12
Contacts: Kristen Lenhardt 406-896-5228    
  Melodie Lloyd 406-896-5260    

Public Hearing Scheduled for BLM Use of Motorized Vehicles During Wild Horse Activities


Billings, MT – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Billings Field Office has scheduled a public hearing from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on June 19, 2012, regarding the use of motorized equipment on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range (PMWHR).

The hearing will be held at the BLM Montana State Office located at 5001 Southgate Dr., Billings, Mont.  As part of the access procedures to a federal building, all visitors are reminded that photo identification is required at the entrance.
 
In accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, the BLM must conduct a public hearing to obtain public comment regarding the use of any motorized equipment in managing the Bureau’s wild horse herds.  Motorized equipment is used for accomplishing a number of management objectives on the PMWHR, such as monitoring and administrative maintenance.  The BLM is conducting a non-helicopter gather of excess horses later this month and proposes to use trucks and horse trailers to transport wild horses.
 
“This hearing focuses on the use of motorized equipment on the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, and it’s something that’s required by law,” said Billings Field Office Manager Jim Sparks.  “We expect a good turnout.  The Pryor herd has a passionate public following, and the BLM appreciates the positive energy that comes from that support.”

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment during the hearing, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The PMWHR is located in the Pryor Mountains south of Billings, along the Montana-Wyoming border and encompasses approximately 38,000 acres of BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service managed land.

To learn more about the PMWHR and upcoming bait and water trap gather, please visit: http://blm.gov/08jd


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