<<Back to 2008 IBs

United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

June 23, 2008

(922.KJ) P
Information Bulletin No. MT-2008-044
To:             State Management Team (Montana Only)
From:         State Director
Subject:     Coordination Meeting with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks/
                  Comments on Agenda Items                                                            DD: July 1, 2008
Program Area: Oil and Gas Leasing/Wildlife Management
Purpose: Provide Overview of Oil and Gas Lease Parcel Review Process and the coordination procedures with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks outlined in IM No. MT-2008-008. We are inviting managers and staff involved with implementation of IM No. 2008-008 to submit agenda items and to attend this coordinating meeting.
Policy/Action:  A coordination meeting is scheduled for July 15, 2008, at the Montana State Office.  This meeting will be held in Side A of the Main Conference Room and start at 9 a.m.  Field Office Managers are requested to send Karen Johnson the names of the individuals who will attend this meeting and suggested agenda items for the meeting by July 1.
Timeframe: July 15, 2008 (9:00 – 3:00)
Budget Impact: Travel costs for the meeting will be funded by Field Offices/Stations participating in the meeting. 
Background: IM No. MT 2008-008 (Attachment 1) was issued on October 26, 2007, and provides guidelines for coordinating the review of oil and gas lease parcels with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MT FWP).  We have since prepared for and conducted three lease sales following the outlined procedures. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and MT FWP personnel met on April 18, 2008, to continue our coordination efforts regarding data sharing and our lease parcel review processes. At that meeting, we agreed it would be beneficial to hold a joint meeting of state and field level personnel in both agencies who have responsibilities for implementing the oil and gas lease parcel review process. The July 15 meeting provides an  
opportunity to ask questions, share experiences and discuss ways to improve our interagency coordination for upcoming oil and gas lease sales.
A draft agenda is attached. Please send any comments on the agenda to Karen Johnson by
July 1, 2008. 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: Scheduling of this meeting and the draft agenda items were coordinated with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Helena Office, Field Office leasing points of contact, BLM Branch of Planning and Biological Resources (MT923) and the BLM State Office GIS Lead.
Contact: You may send comments on the agenda or direct questions regarding this meeting to, call her at (406) 896-5098 or fax suggestions to (406) 896-5292.
Signed by: Gene R. Terland
Authenticated by: Kathy Ray (MT-922)
2 Attachments
Distribution (w/attms.)
Asst. FM Glasgow - 1
Asst. FM Havre - 1
Jeff Hagener, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT
T. O. Smith, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT