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Release Date: 06/24/10
Contacts: Craig Flentie 406-538-1943    

BLM to Host Flea Beetle Public Collection Day

The Bureau of Land Management (with help from several other agencies) will once again host a flea beetle public collection day on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, near Grass Range, Montana.

Flea beetles have proven to be effective biological control agents for leafy spurge on some sites and those interested in collecting bugs and starting their own bio-control sites should meet at Little Montana in Grass Range at 9:30 a.m. on July 7. Those participating will then drive a short distance to the gathering site. Once at the ranch headquarters, everyone will be asked to car-pool to reduce vehicle traffic into and out of the site.

Again, John and Nancy Schultz and Randy and Sonja Miller have graciously agreed to share the success of their bio-control program and this collection day will take place on their property. 

The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Fergus County Weed District, Fergus County Extension Office and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation are helping with this year’s collection effort. 

Participants should plan to bring sunscreen and drinking water and wear long sleeves, pants and a sun hat. Persons wishing to take bugs home should also bring a cooler with ice for transporting the bugs. Also, if you have containers used during previous collections, please bring them to use again this year. Sweep nets and containers will be provided and all the flea beetles collected will be divided among those participating.

This public collection day should be a fun and educational means of continuing the effort to control leafy spurge. 

If you have questions about this flea beetle collection day, please call Lowell Hassler at 538-1909 or Mike Barrick at 538-1920.

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