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Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument
Release Date: 02/15/13
Contacts: Brad Purdy    

BLM Missouri Breaks Welcomes New Manager

LEWISTOWN – The Bureau of Land Management welcomed Michael “Mike” Kania this week as the new manager for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.  Kania takes over duties following former Monument manager Gary Slagel’s retirement last June.
“We are excited to have Mike on board,” said Stan Benes, district manager for the BLM’s Central Montana District.  “With his background in managing natural resources and broad experiences in working with the public, Mike will be a great addition to the BLM’s team in central Montana.”
Kania joins the BLM from the Intermountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service in Ogden, Utah where he was the regional recreation planner.  Prior to that position, Kania served as district ranger in Alaska and staff officer on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Kania grew up in Pennsylvania prior to moving out West.
“We already enjoy the clean air and family oriented atmosphere in the community,” said Kania.  “I look forward to meeting community leaders and welcome any interest in the management of the Monument.”  Kania looks forward to making his family’s home in Lewistown with his wife Kathie.  They have two grown daughters, Breton and Kristin.
The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, designated by Presidential Proclamation in 2001, is managed under the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.  The area is known for its spectacular array of natural and cultural resources.  From Fort Benton downstream into the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, the monument spans 149 miles of the Upper Missouri River, the adjacent Breaks country, and portions of Arrow Creek, Antelope Creek, and the Judith River.  The area has remained largely unchanged in the nearly 200 years since Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled though it on their epic journey.  In 1976, the Congress designated the Missouri River segment and corridor in this area a National Wild and Scenic River.  The monument also encompasses segments of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the Nez Perce National Historic Trail, and the Cow Creek Island Area of Critical Environmental Concern.
For more information, contact Mike Kania at 920 NE Main Street, Lewistown, MT 59457, telephone (406) 538-1900, or by e-mail at  For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: and on Facebook at:

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Last updated: 02-19-2013