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Billings Field Office
Release Date: 08/15/12
Contacts: Ann Boucher    
  (406) 896-5255    

17-Mile Area Reopens

Billings, MT – The 17-Mile area north of Billings will reopen to target shooting on Wed., August 15.

Remember that tracer rounds and exploding targets are always illegal on public lands. Use targets made of paper or cardboard, steel plate reactive targets, or clay pigeons, and clean up all your garbage before you leave.

Excessive vandalism at the site recently has prompted frequent law enforcement patrols. Informational signs and fences have been destroyed, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars in ongoing repairs and replacement. The BLM can’t protect your public land facilities alone; we need your assistance. To report vandalism, call 406-698-9854. Continued abuse of the area may prompt another closure.

To report a wildfire, call 911, your local fire department, or the Billings Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 896-2900. For more information on fire restrictions, go to

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.

Billings Field Office   5001 Southgate Dr.      Billings, MT 59101  

Last updated: 08-15-2012