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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
HiLine District Office
 
Release Date: 06/21/13
Contacts: Kathy Tribby    
  406-654-5124    

BLM HiLine District Plans Projects to Improve Enjoyment of Public Lands in the Little Rocky Mountains


The Little Rocky Mountains, affectionately known as the Little Rockies, are a popular destination for many outdoor enthusiasts during the summer season. Camping, birding, gold panning, hiking, horseback riding and motorized trail riding are some of the activities visitors enjoy. In addition to these recreational activities, the Bureau of Land Management will also be working on a variety of projects in the area that may be of interest to visitors and local residents. 

Zortman Ranger Station Rehab 

The Zortman Ranger Station is a historic building located on the southwest end of Zortman. Excessive runoff in recent years has caused damage to the building’s foundation. To avoid further damage, the BLM will jack up the building and build a modern foundation under the structure and landscape the yard to create positive drainage away from the buildings. Work will begin during the week of June 24th and is expected to be completed by July 19th. 

 

Camp Creek Road and Campsite Maintenance 

The road through Camp Creek Recreation Area has also been damaged by spring runoff and BLM employees will be repairing and grading portions of the road during July. Please use caution and drive slowly through the area to avoid damage to your vehicle and watch out for heavy equipment. In addition to the road repairs, some of the campsites at Horse Corral and Camp Creek campgrounds will be expanded and leveled to improve parking for campers. Some road segments and campsites may be closed for short periods while this work is being done. 

Travel Planning Inventory 

Advanced Resource Solutions, Inc., based out of Shingle Springs, California, has been hired to complete an inventory of the roads and trails on BLM administered lands in the Little Rockies and GPS these routes for future travel management planning and production of area maps and signs. Using jeeps and motorcycles, a 3-5 person crew will complete the inventory from approximately July 15-26.  

National Public Lands Day 

September 28, 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day (NPLD). This event is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. This year, Zortman and the Camp Creek Recreation Area have been registered as a NPLD event site. Volunteers will remove trash, pull weeds, and perform maintenance projects. More information will be available as the event draws near. 

For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, please enjoy your public lands wisely by remembering a few simple rules. Fireworks are a potential wildfire hazard and discharging, using or possessing fireworks is prohibited on public lands in Montana. Shooting of firearms and archery equipment is allowed on most public lands but is prohibited in developed campgrounds and recreation areas such as Camp Creek and Montana Gulch. Off-road motorized travel is also prohibited on most public lands including BLM-managed land in the Little Rockies area. Please drive on existing roads and trails. 

For more information on these and other recreation opportunities and events in the HiLine District, call Kathy Tribby at the BLM Malta Field Office at 654-5124. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at www.blm.gov/mt, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BLMMontana, or follow us on Twitter @BLM_MTDKs and @BLM_MTDK_Fire. 



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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HiLine District Office   1101 15th St North      Great Falls, MT 59401  

Last updated: 06-24-2013