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Release Date: 05/02/12
Contacts: Lewistown Field Office    

BLM Issues Decision Record for Acquistion Along the Upper Missouri River

Lewistown, MT----The Bureau of Land Management has released the final environmental assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact/Decision Record (FONSI/DR) analyzing the acquisition of 652 acres along the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.

A portion of this parcel is adjacent to the Upper Missouri River and lies within the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and the Nez Perce National Historic Trail.  The majority of the entire parcel is surrounded by state land or public land in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.   

The environmental assessment process (including public comment) confirmed that by acquiring these acres into public ownership the BLM could enhance public recreation opportunities within the Missouri River corridor, maintain or improve important wildlife habitat, consolidate public ownership and reduce the management complications common with scattered landownership patterns. 

The landowners who originally owned this parcel approached the BLM about the agency acquiring the acreage in May 2011.

The final environmental assessment and FONSI/DR are available online 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: 08-16-2012