Quarterly Steward

Spring 2009

Secretary Salazar and George Johnson, Jr.
Dillon Employee Receives Valor Award
by David Abrams, Western Montana Zone

A Montana BLM employee received the Department of the Interior’s Valor Award May 6 for his role in rescuing a family of four from an approaching wildland fire in southern Utah two years ago. George Johnson Jr., fuels program manager for the Dillon Field Office, accepted his award from Interior Secretary Salazar during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  [Read full story]  


BLM surveyors with students
Trig-Star 2009
by Ann Boucher, MSO

“When would you ever use this in real life?”  What teacher or parent hasn’t heard the protests of a student struggling to grasp a new concept? And how refreshing when the answer can be demonstrated by someone whose career is built on that skill.  For the last 21 years, Montana BLM surveyors have done just that through Trig-Star, a high school competition based on the practical application of trigonometry. [Read full story]

new picnic shelter at Payola Reservoir
Cooperative Efforts Improve Public Access and 
Facilities at Payola Reservoir
by Craig Flentie, LFO

Payola Reservoir covers a little over three surface acres of public land in a deep coulee about eight miles northwest of Winnett, Mont.  It’s a welcome oasis for recreationists in an otherwise dry, wind-swept, sage brush environment -- a landscape that lends itself mostly to critters like cattle, antelope, sage grouse, and sharp-tailed grouse.    [Read full story


BLM employees inspect range conditions in Tajikistan
On the Range in Central Asia
by Mitch Iverson, SDFO

Two Montana/Dakotas BLM employees got out of their normal range last summer through the DOI’s International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP).   In August 2008, Mitch Iverson (South Dakota Field Office) and Lou Hagener(retired, Havre Field Station) spent nearly a month in Tajikistan working with Tajik officials on rangeland management issues. 
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Outdoor Education Day in Miles City
Students learning about land surveying
by Mark Jacobsen, MCFO

The annual event drew 175 third and fourth graders to Matthews Recreation Area on May 6.   [See more pictures