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Dillon Field Office
Release Date: 05/05/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 ,

Dillon Field Office to Assess Centennial Watershed Lands

DILLON (May 5, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office plans to assess the resource conditions on BLM-administered public lands within the Centennial Watershed near Monida, Montana this summer.

The Centennial Watershed includes 36 grazing allotments, which includes about 75,000 acres of BLM-administered public land in addition to 10,800 un-allotted BLM acres within the watershed.  The five standards for rangeland health will be reviewed on an allotment-by-allotment basis along with the un-allotted areas to determine whether or not the standards are being met.

These standards include: maintaining properly functioning upland and riparian areas, assuring that water quality and air quality meet State standards, and providing for biodiversity.  Forest health, fuels conditions and conifer expansion issues are also included within the land health standards.  Where standards for land health are not met, contributing factors will be identified and recommendations for corrective action will be developed and presented by the interdisciplinary team.

National Environment Policy Act documentation will be prepared next winter to analyze alternatives for revised management where resource concerns are found within the watershed.

The assessment, determination and any necessary NEPA documentation will be completed by resource specialists from the Dillon Field Office in coordination with permittees/lessees, other agencies and interested members of the public.

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.

Dillon Field Office   1005 Selway Drive      Dillon, MT 59725  

Last updated: 05-06-2014