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Missoula Field office
Release Date: 03/28/14
Contacts: David Abrams, Public Affairs Specialist    
  (406) 490-0367    


MISSOULA (March 28, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Missoula Field Office is preparing an environmental assessment to analyze a proposed wild horse ecosanctuary on approximately 13,000 acres of private land near Drummond.

Rural Sustainability Organization Inc. of Drummond has applied to provide long-term, humane care for up to 325 wild horses gathered primarily from Horse Management Areas or long-term holding facilities on private lands.  The ecosanctuary would be located on private lands.  Public lands are not included as part of this proposal.

If the proposal is approved, the BLM would sponsor the ecosanctuary at a funding level comparable to what it pays for the care of wild horses on long-term pastures in the Midwest.  The ecosanctuary would be publicly accessible and provide ecotourism and educational opportunities which will help defray costs for operating the sanctuary.

An ecosanctuary is defined as a place of safety that provides a natural and healthy habitat for excess wild horses where they would be properly cared for, yet allowed to roam freely, while conserving the environment and ecology of the lands.

This would be the first wild horse ecosanctuary in Montana.  Wyoming is the only other state which currently has an ecosanctuary (near Laramie).  The BLM is currently considering two other ecosanctuary proposals besides the Drummond project—another one in Wyoming and one in Oklahoma.

For more information about the proposed wild horse ecosanctuary near Drummond, contact John Hill at (406) 329-3914.

The BLM is soliciting comments or issues on the ecosanctuary proposal that would be analyzed or considered in the environmental assessment.  Please submit comments on the proposal by mail to John Thompson at the Missoula Field Office, 3255 Fort Missoula Road, Missoula, MT 59804; or by email to   Comments would be most helpful if received by April 18.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 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 your personal identifying information from public review, 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.

Missoula Field office   3255 Fort Missoula Road      Missoula, MT 59804  

Last updated: 03-28-2014