U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Billings Field Office
|Release Date: 06/05/12|
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. 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.
Billings Field Office 5001 Southgate Drive Billings, MT 59101
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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