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

September 26, 2011

4400 (MT923) P         
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-085
Expires: 9/30/2012
To:             Montana Dakotas Leadership
From:         State Director
Subject:     RIME Report                                                                                DD: 10/17/2011
Program Area: Rangeland Management
Purpose: The National Operations Center is collecting information for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 National Rangeland Inventory, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RIME) Report as outlined in IM No. OC-2011-069.
Policy/Action: The RIME report is to be completed in accordance with policy contained in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Handbook H-4400-1 (Release 4-98 and 4-100), BLM Manual H-4180-1 (Release 1-107, dated January 19, 2001), and instructions found in IM No. OC-2011-069.  To assist in compiling the FY 2011 RIME report, Microsoft Excel spreadsheets for field office use are to be completed.
The RIME report contains seven tables.  However, as part of the streamlining, the field offices will only need to supply data for five of the tables (i.e., Tables 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7).  For part of Table 1, Ecological Site Inventory (ESI) Summary, acres inventoried this FY will be collected from the Management Information System (MIS).  Therefore, it is imperative that the SO input this data into the MIS in a timely manner.  For Table 2A, Rangeland Inventories, the total acres available to be inventoried will be obtained from the Rangeland Administration System (RAS).  For Table 2B, ESI, the total ESI acres will now only include the acres that were actually categorized to seral stage.  The ESI acres categorized to unclassified, in historic RIME reports will no longer be included in Table 2B.  The ESI acres in Tables 1 and 2A will rely on the acres reported in Table 2B.  Table 3 contains data on monitored rangeland trend.  Table 4 contains data to maintain, improve, and custodial categories of allotments.  Table 5 contains information on allotment monitoring.  Table 6 contains information on allotment management plans.  Tables 4 and 6 will be obtained from the RAS.  Table 7 contains data on current year and cumulative achievements of the BLM’s Land Health Standards.  In summary, the field offices will only need to submit data for some of Table 1, most of Table 2A, and the entirety of Tables 2B, 3, 5, and 7.  Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument data will be reported and incorporated with the Havre Field Office and Lewistown Field Office totals as in previous years.
Using the attached state Excel spreadsheet, or modifying your FY 2010 submission, please consolidate your field office data, and send to Floyd Thompson at  Please note that the attached spreadsheet has been updated for office codes and RAS data as of August 15, 2011.
Timeframe:  This IM is effective upon receipt.  The due date for field office submissions is October 17, 2011.
Budget Impact:  The effect of this IM on the budget is minimal because the required tasks have been reduced and no additional data are being requested, in comparison with previous years.
Background:  The current RIME report is the result of changes agreed upon at an FY 2004 Inventory and Monitoring/Range Program State Leads Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.  If field office spreadsheets need to be resent, contact Floyd Thompson, at 406-896-5025.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  BLM Handbook H-4400-1 (Releases 4-98 and 4-100) and BLM Manual H-4180-1 (Release 1-107, dated 1/19/01).
Coordination: This IM and data request has been coordinated with field office range staff involved with inventory and monitoring.
Contact: All office responses or questions should be submitted to Floyd Thompson, State Program Lead, at 406-896-5025.
Signed by:                                                                               Authenticated by:
Jamie E. Connell                                                                      Janie Fox
State Director                                                                          Staff Assistant (MT920)
1 Attachment
       1-FY11 RIME State Spreadsheet (9 pp)