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Release Date: 01/19/10
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BLM Completes Meeteetse Spires Acquisition

The BLM has completed the second and final phase in its effort to acquire 560 acres of private land adjoining the Meeteetse Spires Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The area is located along the eastern slopes of the Beartooth Mountains about six miles south of Red Lodge and features a rich variety of natural and cultural resources.  The BLM acquired the first phase of about 300 acres in November 2009.  

The Conservation Fund (TCF) purchased the entire 560-acre property in June 2009 with the intent that the BLM would then purchase it in two phases. The BLM received money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for both phases of the purchase. 
BLM will manage the acquisition area in a way that closely mirrors the allowed management activities on the adjoining Meeteetse Spires ACEC. The 560 acres will be considered for inclusion in the current Meeteetse Spires ACEC in the revision of the Billings/Pompeys Pillar Resource Management Plan, which is underway. 
Billings Field Manager Jim Sparks said, “We want to thank The Conservation Fund and the Montana congressional delegation for making the acquisition of this property a reality. The public and environmental benefit from this purchase is immeasurable.”
The Land and Water Conservation Fund receives revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling. Annual appropriations are made by Congress for projects that meet the criteria and have public support.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012