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Missoula Field Office
Release Date: 03/27/13
Contacts: David Abrams, (406-533-7617)    
  Steve Flood, (406-329-3914)    

BLM Missoula Field Office Completes Assessment of Resource Conditions for the Chamberlain-Wales Creek Area

Missoula, MT-- The Missoula Field Office recently completed an Ecosystem Assessment for areas near Chamberlain and Wales Creek about seven miles southwest of Ovando, MT.  The study area encompasses 61,840 acres of which 20,570 are BLM managed lands.

The assessment evaluates the resource conditions of public lands administered by the BLM in the Chamberlain Creek, Wales Creek, Pearson Creek, Frazier Creek, and Bear Creek watersheds and vicinity.

“It’s important that the public understands that the recommendations in the Ecosystem Assessment are not decisions in anyway,” said Rich Torquemada, field manager for Missoula Field Office. “While the recommendations are based on BLM policies and other planning documents they would still need to be subjected to NEPA regulations and undergo the complete Federal decision making process to be implemented.”

The assessment process is adapted from the 1995 “Ecosystem Analysis at the Watershed Scale: Federal Guide for Watershed Analysis” but includes additional resource information and an analysis area that extends beyond the physical watershed boundaries. The review considers past and present resource conditions and trends, identifies desired future conditions, and recommends actions needed to move towards desired future conditions.

The Chamberlain Ecosystem Assessment is available for viewing on the BLM website at [provide URL direct link to document]. Written comments or questions may be directed to BLM Hydrologist Steve Flood at the Missoula Field Office at 406-329-3914, email at, or addressed to Bureau of Land Management, Missoula Field Office, 3255 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment -- including your personal identifying information -- may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

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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: 03-27-2013