Quarterly Steward

Fall/Winter 2010


planting willows

Willow Planting in Bell Canyon
by David Abrams, Western Montana District 

Youth joined experience as nearly a dozen employees from the Dillon Field Office and members of Montana’s Youth Challenge teamed up to help repair a damaged riparian area in Bell Canyon, about a 90-minute drive from Dillon. [Read full story]  

student and sage grouse

Predawn Hours, GPS Transmitters, and Sage Grouse Research
by Craig Flentie, Central Montana District
A unique graduate level research project being conducted near Glasgow, Montana, promises to provide much needed information about the preferred travel corridors, migrating patterns and habitat associations of greater sage grouse. [Read full story]

monarch butterfuly

The Latest Buzz
by Linda Talley, North Dakota Field Office

Buzz, buzz, buzz . . . bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles, hummingbirds and bats head for the Buffalo Gap Campground where there is a new garden with native plants for the native pollinators. [Read full story]


NPS Crew Stabilizes Garnet Cabin
Story and photo by David Abrams, Western Montana District 

Gravity was taking its toll on the haunted cabin. For years, the Hawe House had been left to the elements—sun, rain, snow, rodents, and the occasional ghost—and because it was built on an incline at the southern edge of the Garnet town limits, it was starting to take a definite downhill lean. [Read full story]


hadrosaur fossil bones

2010 Paleo Season Productive
Mark E. Jacobsen, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District

 MILES CITY, Mont. --- The 2010 paleontological season is proving to be a productive one for dinosaur hunters plying Eastern Montana’s Hell Creek formation.  “Again, it’s the year of the triceratops,” said BLM Archaeologist Doug Melton of the Miles City Field Office. “That seems to be the major focus for folks.”   [Read full story]


Wise River cleanup crew

Butte Field Office Partners with Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for River Cleanup
by David Abrams, Butte Field Office

Twenty-three volunteers organized by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the BLM’s Butte Field Office participated in the first Wise River Stewardship Project Volunteer Day on Father’s Day, June 20. Dick Tally, RMEF Volunteer Coordinator for the Butte-Silver Bow Chapter, established the event for Father’s Day to encourage father-son camaraderie in the spectacular Big Hole River corridor.   [Read full story]  


Mark Sommers points to map

BLM and Partners Celebrate Land Acquisitions on Shores of Hauser Lake 
by David Abrams, Western Montana District

A Sept. 3 ceremony celebrated the recent acquisition of three parcels of land as additions to the BLM’s Chain of Lakes Special Recreation Management Area north of Helena.  The event was held at the BLM’s White Sandy Recreation Site on the shores of Hauser Lake, not far from the three different sections of land which were added to the Bureau’s inventory this summer. [Read full story]