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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Havre Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/19/13
Contacts: Kathy Tribby , 406-654-5124  
  Jonathan Moor , 406-538-1943  

Proposed Special Recreation Permit for East Butte Unit of the Sweet Grass Hills


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Havre Field Office is seeking public input regarding an application for a Special Recreation Permit (SRP). The SRP will allow commercially guided big game hunting in the East Butte area of the Sweet Grass Hills Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC), north of Chester, Montana. BLM manages approximately 8,000 acres within the West, Middle and East Buttes of the Sweet Grass Hills ACEC. The East Butte portion of the ACEC is undoubtedly the most popular amongst recreationists.
 
There are currently no big game outfitters operating on BLM lands in East Butte, which are adjacent to the Sweet Grass Hills Block Management Area (BMA) administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.  If the permit is granted, the area would remain open to other hunters and recreationists and would remain closed to motorized travel as it is currently. 

Public comments about this application can be in writing and sent to Kathy Tribby at the Malta Field Office, 501 South 2nd Street East, Malta, MT 59538 or via email at ktribby@blm.gov. Comments must be received by August 9 to be considered.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information about the SRP program, please call Kathy Tribby, Outdoor Recreation Planner at 406-654-5124. 


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: 07-22-2013