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Release Date: 08/13/14
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BLM Withdraws Assessment of Proposed Wild Horse Ecosanctuary

MISSOULA (Aug. 13, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management has withdrawn an Environmental Assessment which studied a proposed wild horse ecosanctuary near Drummond.

Earlier this summer, the non-profit Rural Sustainability Organization submitted an application to the BLM to establish an ecosanctuary on approximately 15,000 acres of land in western Montana secured by RSO through contracts and leases with local landowners.  The proposed lands were located in three separate units varying from two to eight miles from the town of Drummond.

“We appreciate the time and effort multiple parties put into analyzing the proposed wild horse ecosanctuary; but ultimately, the EA was withdrawn from further review after we determined the proposal is not in the best interest of America's wild horse program,” said Charles Bridgman, acting field manager for the BLM’s Missoula Field Office.

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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: 08-13-2014