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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
February 22, 2006
In Reply To:  
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2006-050
Expires: 9/30/07
To:             State Management Team
From:          State Director
Subject:       Developing Strategy to Eliminate the Backlog of Unprocessed Grazing Permit by the End of Fiscal Year (FY) 2009                                                                     DD: March 10, 2006
Program Area: Rangeland Management
Purpose: The purpose of this Instruction Memorandum (IM) is to reaffirm the Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) commitment to eliminate the backlog of unprocessed grazing permits by the end of FY 2009.
Policy/Action:  Each field office (FO) will review its current permit processing schedule (backlog of permits not fully processed and permits expiring through FY 2009) and current strategy for eliminating the backlog and meeting the schedule.
By March 10, 2006, each FO will develop and provide a strategy for eliminating the backlog and meeting the FY 2009 permit renewal target.  Your strategy should include any obstacles and identify how you plan to overcome these obstacles and any work that will be forgone in order to meet the commitment.   Use the attached report format to develop this report. Field office reports are to be submitted to Bill McIlvain (MT923) by March 10, 2006.
Background: In 1999 and 2000, almost 7200 of the 18,000 grazing permits administered by the BLM expired. This coincided with a change in policy regarding NEPA analysis to document site specific grazing effects and initiating evaluation of the status of land health. Since 1999, the BLM has been providing Congress and OMB with annual progress reports on eliminating the backlog of expired but unprocessed grazing permits. While the Montana/Dakotas BLM has made significant progress, approximately 2237 permits, including backlogs, will need to be renewed by the end of FY 2009.
Timeframe: Effective immediately.
Budget Impact: Use and distribution of available funds may be affected from FY 2006 thorough FY 2009. No additional range program funding is anticipated.

Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination:  Washington Office program leads, State program leads and field office staff.
Contact: If you have questions regarding this IM, please contact Bill McIlvain, Range Management Specialist, Montana State Office, at (406) 896-5028.
Signed by: Theresa M. Hanley, Acting
Authenticated by: Merry Prestridge (MT923)
2 Attachments
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