U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lewistown Field Office
|Release Date: 05/31/12|
BLM Continues With Lime/Ruby Salvage Logging
Lewistown, MT----The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will continue with salvage logging operations on public land on the Lime/Ruby Timber Sale in the Judith Mountains north east of Lewistown beginning early to mid-June of this year.
The contractor for the Lime/Ruby Salvage Sale will pick up where he left off last year and continue with logging and hauling operations, mostly in the Limekiln Canyon area above the Duvall Inn.
“The second part of this salvage operation includes mostly the steeper, cable logging areas and I would expect commercial activity to continue throughout the summer and into early fall before the sale is completed,” said Bruce Reid, a forester with the BLM.
The BLM would also like to remind the public that the area closure on public lands within the Limekiln area will remain in effect until all commercial activities are completed. At that time the closure will be lifted and the BLM will notify the public.
In the meantime, the public parking area near the Duvall Inn along with that portion of the trail to both the Lewistown Overlook and Burnette Peak are still open for use. However, the “loop” portion of the trail from Burnette Peak to the Overlook is not available for public use at this time due to safety hazards associated with the commercial activities.
New maps, illustrating the closed areas as well as those areas open to public use are available at the BLM’s Lewistown Field Office (at 920 NE Main St.) and at the parking area near the trail head.
The BLM would like to thank recreationists for their continued patience. In the meantime if you have questions or comments, please contact Bruce Reid with the BLM at 406-538-1960.
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.
Lewistown Field Office 920 NE Main Street Lewistown, MT 59457
|Last updated: 06-28-2012|
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