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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Missoula Field Office
 
Release Date: 03/27/13
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 , dabrams@blm.gov

MISSOULA BLM SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON CHAMBERLAIN-WALES ASSESSMENT


MISSOULA (March 27, 2013) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office has completed an Ecosystem Assessment for the Chamberlain-Wales Creek area and welcomes public comment on the document.

The study area lies south of the Blackfoot River about seven miles southwest of Ovando. The assessment boundary encompasses 61,840 acres, of which 20,570 acres are public BLM managed lands.

The assessment evaluates the resource conditions of public lands administered by the BLM in the Chamberlain Creek, Wales Creek, Pearson Creek, Frazier Creek, and Bear Creek watersheds and vicinity.

 “It’s important that the public understands that the recommendations in the Ecosystem Assessment are not decisions in any way,” said BLM hydrologist Steve Flood. “While the recommendations are based on BLM policies and other planning documents, they are still subject to National Environmental Policy Actregulations and undergo the complete federal decision-making process in order to be implemented.”

The assessment process is adapted from the 1995 “Ecosystem Analysis at the Watershed Scale: Federal Guide for Watershed Analysis” but includes additional resource information and an analysis area that extends beyond the physical watershed boundaries. The review considers past and present resource conditions and trends, identifies desired future conditions, and recommends actions needed to move towards desired future conditions.

“We encourage the public to take a look at this assessment, and consider how it reflects the conditions of the land and opportunities for improvement,” said BLM Missoula Field Manager Rich Torquemada. “The Assessment Team has worked hard to consider past, present, and potential future conditions in developing project recommendations that will be brought forward for further scoping and development.”

The Chamberlain-Wales Creek Ecosystem Assessment is available for viewing on the BLM website at http://blm.gov/j2kd. Comments would be most helpful if received by April 26.

Written comments or questions may be directed to Steve Flood at sflood@blm.gov or sent to Bureau of Land Management, Missoula Field Office, 3255 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804. For more information, call the Missoula Field Office at (406) 329-3914.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, 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.

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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: 04-02-2013