A 700-acre fire swept across the north side of the Centennial Valley early in September, leaving the area completely clear of vegetation. A disaster? No. The prescribed fire will actually rejuvenate habitat for four rare plant species. [Read full story]
Word is spreading. The Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center in Fort Benton is a great place to visit. In addition to the unique building design, scenic location, and interactive exhibits, the center offers fun and creative interpretive programs for people of all ages.
In only its second year of operation, the MBIC hosted almost 700 students at 54 programs. Four separate evening presentations featuring historical reenactments drew in an additional 123 people. [Read full story]
Public Meeting Draws Applause
by Craig Flentie, Lewistown Field Office
The Lewistown Field Office recently hosted a public meeting to invite comments and ideas for treating about 200 acres of downed timber created recently by a significant wind event in the Judith Mountains. Everything but the conclusion of this public meeting went pretty much along a straight line. [Read full story]
Montana BLMers Receive Forest Service Partnership Award
by Ann Boucher, Montana State Office
Five BLM-Montana employees are recipients of the U.S. Forest Service’s 2008 Rise to the Future Partnership Award. Jim Sparks and Jay Parks (Billings Field Office); Joe Platz and Wendy Warren (Miles City Field Office); and Gayle Sitter (Montana State Office) are commended for their support, leadership, and commitment to the Crooked Creek Barrier Project. The interagency effort will protect and expand one of three genetically pure populations of Yellowstone cutthroat trout on both BLM and Forest Service lands in the Pryor Mountains. [Read full story]
Clark Fork Team Receives DOI Environmental Achievement Award
The Clark Fork River Response and Restoration Team accepted the Department of the Interior’s 2008 Environmental Achievement Award during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18.
Since the early 1990s, the team has been involved in settling a natural resource damages lawsuit filed by the DOI against the Atlantic Richfield Company. The lawsuit alleged that BLM and National Park Service lands along the Clark Fork River in western Montana were contaminated by heavy metals from Butte/Anaconda mining operations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. [Read full story]
Don Galvin – Employee and Volunteer Extraordinaireby Ann Boucher, MSO
Don Galvin first came to the Billings Field Office as a seasonal range tech in May 2002. Having retired from a 30-year career with the Marines, he was enrolled at Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro and wanted a summer job related to his field of study. He seems to like it. He has returned every year since then, holding seasonal positions related to wild horses, wildlife, and recreation. But to him, it’s more than just the job. [Read full story]