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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Dillon Field Office
 
Release Date: 01/24/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617--dabrams@blm.gov  

Southwest Highlands watershed assessment ready for public review


DILLON (Jan. 24, 2014) – An assessment of resource conditions on public lands within the Southwest Highlands Watershed is available for public review at the Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office and online at the office’s website.

The Southwest Highlands Assessment included about 72,000 acres of public land in 12 grazing allotments, as well as 240 acres of unleased public land parcels, in Madison and Silver Bow counties.

In preparing the assessment, the BLM’s Dillon Field Office evaluated each watershed’s resources according to the five standards for rangeland health. These standards include maintaining properly functioning upland and riparian areas; assuring that water quality and air quality meet state standards; and providing for biodiversity. Forest health, fuel conditions, and recreational issues were also assessed.

A National Environment Policy Act document will be prepared to analyze alternatives for revising management where resource concerns were found within the watershed. The NEPA document will be completed by resource specialists from the Dillon Field Office in coordination with grazing permittees, other agencies, and the interested public. 

The BLM welcomes public comments to help formulate alternatives and define issues for the environmental assessment. To be most useful, public comments should be submitted by Feb. 28, 2014.

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.

To get a copy of the Watershed Assessment Report, call the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000 or email MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov. The Watershed Assessment Report is also available for review online at: http://blm.gov/gqld


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: 01-29-2014