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Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office
Release Date: 02/27/12
Contacts: Mark Jacobsen 406-233-2831    

BLM Biologists Get Mule Deer Foundation Award

Bureau of Land Management Biologists Kent Undlin, Bobby Baker and Jesse Hankins were awarded the 2012 “BLM-Special Partner Award for Mule Deer Conservation” at the annual Mule Deer Foundation convention in Salt Lake City, Feb. 9-11. The citation is a joint award presented by the BLM and the MDF. 

The Miles City Field Office biologists were recognized for their sustained efforts in behalf of mule deer in the coordinated removal of over 83 miles of woven-wire fencing from BLM-administered lands in southeastern Montana.

A majority of the removed fencing was on crucial mule deer and pronghorn winter ranges and was replaced with wildlife-friendly fencing. The ongoing work has improved over 100,000 acres of wildlife habitat across federal, private and state-owned lands.

Undlin, Baker and Hankins were credited for “...dedicated leadership and successful efforts in working with partners to secure the cooperation, required funding and other resources necessary to accomplish this important and substantial wildlife habitat improvement work,” said Linda Cardenas, BLM/Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation National Liaison based out of Missoula.

“MDF and the Miles City BLM office have a unique partnership,” said MDF Regional Director Marshall Johnson.  “This wire removal project and replacing the wire with a wildlife friendly wire is an improvement to the health of the mule deer population and still serves the needs of leased grazing. Truly this is a project that benefits wildlife and multi-use of the land.” 

According to the MDF website, foundation is one of the key conservation groups in North America working to restore, improve and protect mule deer, black-tailed deer and their habitat. With a focus on science and program efficiency, MDF has raised millions of dollars and put countless hours on the ground for their mission-critical projects.

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Last updated: 06-28-2012