Quarterly Steward

Fall 2011

Black Hills Ultramarathon Runners 

Black Hills Ultramarathon an Exercise in Endurance
Story and photo by Ryan Phillips and Kim (Phillips) Hamil
South Dakota Field Office
On June 25-26, 152 runners from 30 states and three countries got to experience the BLM and surrounding lands in an up close and personal manner as they competed in the inaugural Black Hills 100 ultramarathon. The race was run almost exclusively on the Centennial Trail, a portion of which runs through the South Dakota Field Office’s Fort Meade Recreation Area (the first and last 5 miles of the event).  [Read full story]  

Jacie B. and Marcia C. clean bitterroot.  

Intensive Program Bridges the Divide
Story by Ann Boucher
Montana State Office
In a world of instant news feeds, rapidly advancing scientific research, and an overwhelming array of entertainment, it’s easy to lose touch with the quieter, more traditional ways and wisdom. But those traditions have a lot to offer. The question is, how do we integrate them into our fast-paced world? The Bridging the Divide Program is one attempt to mesh modern science with Native tradition. [Read full story]

FireSafe’s booth at the Montana State Fair 

BLM Supports FireSafe Montana
Story by Mary Apple
Montana State Office

The Montana/Dakotas BLM recently added $50,000 to FireSafe Montana’s fire prevention efforts. The money will be used to mobilize Montanans to make their homes, neighborhoods, and communities fire safe. The BLM is a major sponsor of Firesafe Councils in Montana and South Dakota.  [Read full story]


Karin Riley observes controlled burn 

Prescription for a healthy forest
Story by David Abrams
Western Montana District

The heat-resistant cameras were set up. The helicopters with the helitorches were on standby. The firefighters were suited up and ready to go. All that remained was selecting a favorable window of weather and fuel conditions—not an easy thing to do during this wetter-than-normal summer in the Rocky Mountains. But on June 28, the Missoula Field Office got the right weather window and fire managers converged on the Garnet Mountains east of Missoula for a successful controlled fire treatment.
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Plesiosaur fossil 

Fossilized Remains of Giant Sea Predator Found in the Breaks
Story and photos by Craig Flentie
Central Montana District

It was another hot, still day in the Missouri Breaks--the kind of July day that makes the cattle and wild things lay-up in the shade and wait for the cool of evening before moving about much. About the only things moving across the landscape during the heat of this day was a rolling blanket of grasshoppers and two BLMers. 
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