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Miles City Field Office
Release Date: 09/01/11
Contacts: Contact Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Notice of Decision on Coal Exchange Available

The Bureau of Land Management has completed its analysis of the proposed Nance-Brown Alluvial Valley Floor Fee Coal exchange in Rosebud County and has issued a decision to approve the exchange.

The protest period for this Notice of Decision starts on Sept. 2 and will run for 45 days.

A copy of the Decision Record, Finding of No Significant Impacts (FONSI), Environmental Assessment (EA) or the Notice of Decision may be obtained by writing the Miles City Field Office at 111 Garryowen Road, Miles City, Montana 59301 or by calling Dan Fox, AVF Project Manager, at (406) 233-3664. The Decision Record, FONSI, EA, the Notice of Decision, and information on how to submit a protest can also be viewed on the web at:

Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 provides that owners of coal determined to be un-minable due to prohibitions against mining coal within an alluvial valley floor, west of the 100th meridian, west longitude, are entitled to an exchange of coal with the federal government.

This exchange is only for the coal estate; no surface estate or other mineral estate will be exchanged. In the exchange, the BLM will exchange unleased federal coal within the Ashenhurst Tract southwest of Colstrip to equal the appraised value of privately owned coal in the alluvial valley floor of the Tongue River near Birney. Both coal deposit areas are located within Rosebud County. 

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.

Miles City Field Office   111 Garryowen Road      Miles City, MT 59301  

Last updated: 06-28-2012