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Release Date: 02/15/12
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Mule Deer Foundation to Recognize BLM Miles City Field Office Biologists

Bureau of Land Management Biologists Kent Undlin, Bobby Baker and Jesse Hankins have been selected to receive the 2012 “BLM-Special Partner Award for Mule Deer Conservation” at the annual Mule Deer Foundation convention to be held in Salt Lake City, Feb. 9-11, 2012.

The citation is a joint award presented by the BLM and the MDF.

The Miles City Field Office biologists were selected in recognition of their sustained efforts on the behalf of wildlife --particularly mule deer-- in the coordinated removal of over 83 miles of woven-wire fencing from BLM lands in southeastern Montana.

A majority of the fencing removed was located within crucial mule deer and pronghorn winter ranges and was replaced with wildlife-friendly fencing. The results have been reduced wildlife mortality and improved habitat connectivity and herd movement.  The ongoing work has already improved over 100,000 acres of wildlife habitat across BLM, private and state-owned lands.

Undlin, Baker and Hankins are “...getting credited for their 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, as Jesse Hankins is a committee member of the Miles City MDF Chapter and has served hundreds of hours volunteering his time to the foundation,” 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.” 

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