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Release Date: 04/09/13

BLM, BOR land transfer Environmental Assessment available

DICKINSON, N.D. ---- An Environmental Assessment analyzing the effects of a potential transfer of Bureau of Reclamation lands to the Bureau of Land Management for government housing construction, is now available for public comment.

The 15-day comment period will end on April 24, 2013.

The EA with an unsigned Finding of No Significant Impact is available for viewing on the North Dakota Field Office home page at:

Comments may be submitted using one of the following methods:

Email to the Project Lead:
Mail: Bureau of Land Management Montana/Dakotas State Office, Attn: Tracy Thoricht, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101

Before including address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in comments, individuals should be aware that the entire comment – including personal identifying information – will be available for public review. If persons wish to withhold personal identifying information from public review or disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), they must clearly state, in the first line of the written comment, “CONFIDENTIALITY REQUESTED.”

While individuals can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so. All submissions from organizations, from businesses and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives of organizations or businesses, will be available for public review.

The project purpose is to transfer approximately 10 acres of BOR Dickinson Reservoir project lands within Tract 37 to the BLM in order to construct long term government housing. A public meeting on the project was previously held on Dec. 13, 2012 at the North Dakota Field Office in Dickinson.

The project is scheduled for completion by June of 2013. The new government housing is part of the BLM strategy to alleviate housing shortfalls for incoming field office staff who will process the growing workload associated with  drilling permits on North Dakota Federal minerals.

Any questions or requests for more information about the proposed project may be directed to BLM Project Lead Tracy Thoricht at 406.896.5224.

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.

North Dakota Field Office   99 23rd Ave. West      Dickinson, ND 58601  

Last updated: 12-16-2013