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Release Date: 04/23/13
Contacts: Carolyn Sherve-Bybee (406-896-5234)    
  Kristen Lenhardt (406-896-5228)    

BLM Hosts Open Houses to Discuss Billings Draft Resource Management Plan

BILLINGS, MT – On March 29, the BLM Billings Field Office released its draft resource management plan for a 90-day public review and comment period. As part of the review and comment process, several open houses are being held throughout the area to answer questions and gather comments from the public that will be used to develop the final plan.





BridgerBridger Senior Center/
Golden Age Society
118 C Street
April 307-9 pm
Big TimberCarnegie Public Library/
Community Room
314 McLeod Street
May 17-9 pm
Red LodgeSenior Center
207 S. Villard Avenue
May 27-9 pm
RoundupEmergency Service Building
Ambulance Barn
704 1st St. East
May 67-9 pm
LovellBig Horn Canyon National
Conservation Area Visitor Center
20 Highway 14A East
May 77-9 pm
BillingsHampton Inn (Lewis Room)
5110 Southgate Dr.
May 97-9 pm










The Draft Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement proposes different alternatives for managing public lands within the Billings Field Office boundary.  The draft plan also includes a range of conservation measures that address Greater Sage-Grouse in the area.

The open houses will include introductions and a brief BLM presentation, but the purpose of the gathering is to offer an opportunity to talk one-on-one with various BLM resource specialists to gain information about what is in the plan.  The BLM is not recording verbal comments during the open houses, but comment forms will be provided for members of the public to submit written comments.

The planning area for the Billings Field Office includes 434,154 acres of BLM-administered surface land and 1,839,782 acres federal mineral estate in Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland, and Yellowstone counties in Montana as well as portions of Big Horn County, Montana and Big Horn County, Wyoming.

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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: 04-23-2013