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United States Department of the Interior
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
http://www.blm.gov/mt

August 1, 2011

 
6500 (MT923) P
 
 
EMAIL TRANSMISSION – 08/01/2011
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-066
Expires:  09/30/2012
 
To:                  Montana Dakotas Leadership
 
From:             State Director
 
Subject:          Data Call for the Establishment of the Baseline for the Performance Measure Percent Invasive Animal Populations Controlled                              DD: 08/11/2011
 
Program Area: Wildlife, Renewable Energy
 
Purpose:  The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to solicit information from each Montana/Dakotas field office regarding collection of invasive animal populations control data for the performance measure in the Department of the Interior (DOI) Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2011-2016. The performance measure requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to annually report the percentage of invasive animal species populations that are controlled on DOI lands. The information provided by states in response to this IM will be used to construct the baseline. Future agency activity associated with this performance measure will be captured in annual data calls.
 
Background: The Department of the Interior released the Strategic Plan for FYs 2011-2016 in March 2011. In Mission Area 1, Goal 1, Strategy 1, the BLM is required to develop a baseline of “percent of invasive animal species populations that are controlled.”  The BLM must establish the baseline for this performance measure in FY 2011 and begin reporting its performance accomplishments annually beginning in FY 2012.
 
Policy/Action: In order to construct the baseline, the Washington Office is collecting data pertaining to the presence and control of invasive animal species on BLM lands. As summarized below, all field offices are requested to provide the information listed in Attachment 1 to John Carlson, Biologist, MT923, by August 11, 2011. Detailed definitions and guidance are provided in Attachment 2.
 
Information to be provided by the field offices includes the location and control status of each invasive animal species population which occurs on BLM lands. Managers should use the definition of “invasive species” specified in the DOI measure, based on Executive Order 13112, Section 1(f) which states: ‘“Invasive species’ means an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.”  For purposes of this performance measure, a population will be defined as “a discrete group of individual animals that does not interact with other groups of the same species, (i.e., separated by a barrier).”  Only populations which occur on BLM lands that are identified in a management plan should be reported. Management of the population does not have to be completed by the BLM. Detailed definitions, examples and instructions for reporting are found in Attachments 1 and 2. 
 
Policy/Action:  The Montana/Dakotas BLM staff are directed to submit consolidated information on invasive species via email to John Carlson, Montana/Dakotas Wildlife Program Lead. Information must be provided on the attached spreadsheet form. 
 
Timeframe: Information is due to John Carlson by COB August 11, 2011. 
 
Budget Impact: No impact. 
 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
 
Coordination: This IM was coordinated by the Branch Biological Resources (MT923). 
 
Contacts: If you have questions or need further guidance, please contact John Carlson, Wildlife Biologist, at (406) 896-5024.
 
Signed by:                                                                               Authenticated by:
Katherine P. Kitchell                                                              Melissa R. Dykes
for Jamie E. Connell                                                                     
State Director                                                                          Staff Assistant (MT923)
 
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