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Lewistown Field Office
Release Date: 07/01/11
Contacts: Mike Barrick 406-538-1920    

Flea Beetle Public Collection Day Cancelled

The Bureau of Land Management’s Lewistown Field Office announced today that saturated fields, washed out culverts and impassable road conditions have forced the cancelation of this year’s flea beetle public collection day.

In recent years the public collection day has become a popular event with area landowners eager to capture flea beetles and introduce them on their property as a biological means of controlling the spread of leafy spurge on their property.

For several consecutive years the Schultz and Miller families near Grass Range, have hosted the flee beetle public collection day on their property and the BLM has advertised and organized the event. 

However, this year the extreme runoff has washed out numerous farm and ranch roads, county roads and highways throughout central Montana. The fields, hillsides, roads and trails are still saturated and there is essentially no way to get vehicles into the areas where flea beetles could be gathered.
“Hopefully this time next year conditions will be back to normal and we’ll be able to organize another flea beetle public collection day,” offered Mike Barrick, a BLM range technician in Lewistown.

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