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The Quarterly Steward

Fall 2007

Nest Dragging Protects Migratory Bird Nests
by Fritz Prellwitz

Nest dragging. It’s a low-tech, cost effective and time efficient means of helping the BLM (and industry) minimize adverse impacts to migratory birds across public lands in north central Montana. [Read full story]   

birds in nest

Horsepower in the Wilderness
by Vickie Anderson

On an open, grassy mountain slope, 13 members of the Mile High Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen (MHBCH) loaded their pack animals with fence materials and headed down a steep drainage. In between trips, the equines dined on the lush grass with sweet abandon. [Read full story
men packing horses

Iron Mask Ranch Now in Public Ownership
by Marilyn Krause 

The fourth and final phase of the Iron Mask Ranch acquisition is now complete with the transfer of 2,472 acres to the Bureau of Land Management in July. The acreage on the east flank of the Elkhorn Mountains northwest of Townsend completes the transfer of the 5,548-acre ranch into public ownership. [Read full story

view of Iron Mask Ranchview of Iron Mask Ranch

ATF Commends Rangers
by Bart Fitzgerald

Jason Caffey and Chuck Ward were recently recognized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for their law enforcement work at 17-Mile Shooting Area north of Billings. [Read full story]
rangers with awards

Limekiln Canyon Trail Completed
by Craig Flentie

It’s taken seven years and a long list of trail enthusiasts and supporters, but the last segment of the Limekiln Hiking Trail in the Judith Mountains northeast of Lewistown was recently completed. [Read full story]
horsemen ready to work on trail

We "Dig" Dinosaurs!
by Russ Pigors

BLM employees from the South Dakota and North Dakota field offices were afforded the intriguing opportunity of taking part in one day of a weeklong paleontological dig at Mud Butte, near Rhame, N.D., this summer. [Read full story]
paleontologist working on dig

Less Trash than Last Year!
by Dick Fichtler

On a sunny Saturday in late July, volunteers from all walks of life scoured the Blackfoot River of northwestern Montana for garbage. For the third year in a row this clean up effort was hosted by the Blackfoot Home and Community Club and sponsored by the BLM, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the University of Montana Campus Recreation Program. [Read full story]

Montana BLM Volunteer Receives National Recognition
by Ann Boucher

A longtime Montana BLM volunteer was recently named a National Public Lands Day 2007 Volunteer of the Year.      

Illa Willmore is featured on the National Environmental Education Foundation’s website as one of this year’s three winners nationwide. The award recognizes outstanding and dedicated public lands volunteers. [Read full story 
Illa raking 
Wild Horses Worth the Time
by Ann Boucher
Wild horses make intelligent, capable, devoted mounts, but it takes time and patience.
That was the message potential adopters heard from trainer Lesley Neuman at the wild horse and burro adoption held September 7-8 in Livingston. [Read full story]
girl looking at burro