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Release Date: 10/21/11
Contacts: Jeff Kitchens 406-896-5235    

BLM to Remove Noxious Plant at Pompeys Pillar National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will remove noxious Russian olive trees from riparian areas along the Yellowstone River at the Pompeys Pillar National Monument, located east of Billings.  Treatments are scheduled to begin Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, and could last up to two weeks. 

Hunters and other recreationists planning to use the treatment areas during this time period are advised that crews will be using chainsaws and spraying herbicides. 

“Russian olive, like many other noxious and invasive weeds, is a detriment to native plants and local ecosystems,” says Jeff Kitchens, Pompeys Pillar National Monument Manager.

Yellowstone County will assist the BLM with the spray treatments and Gallatin National Forest will contribute some of the saw work for the project.  

Pompeys Pillar contains the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Clark’s inscription is the expedition’s only remaining physical evidence visible of its actual route.  An interpretive center at the site recounts Clark’s journey through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806. 
Click here for a map of the treatment area.  More information on the national monument can be found at:

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