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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

 March 7, 2008

In Reply To:
2000 (924.5) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2008-041
Expires: 09/30/09
To:      Field Managers
From:    Deputy State Director, Division of Resources
Subject: Public Land Access Needs Identification and Nomination Proposals
DD: 04/01/2008
Program Areas: Access and Easement Acquisition for all Resource Programs    
Purpose: This Instruction Memorandum (IM) directs Field Managers to identify their public land access needs and submit nominations for public land access projects.  The identified needs/projects listed will provide the necessary information for the anticipated May 2008 WO data call on recreational access needs.  Also, this information will provide an estimate of potential access opportunities, for the SMT Access Committee, to determine the current potential workloads for managing access opportunities, and provide recommendations to the SMT.   
Policy/Action: Field offices are asked to submit a prioritized, current list of the access opportunities that provide or improve public land access to BLM and other public lands. Please complete the attached table, providing the additional details requested for listing your top 1 or 2 priorities. Nominations should be submitted to Craig Haynes, Lands and Realty Program Lead (MT-924) by April 1, 2008.  The SMT Access Committee will review all lists and priorities, and make a recommendation to the State Director for selecting the top three statewide priorities to submit to the WO.
The proposed project submissions should resolve critical or high-benefit public land access problems.  These nomination proposals should address the following criteria: 
  • The quality and quantity of lands to achieve improved public access for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife dependent recreational activities.
  • Compliance with goals and objectives of approved BLM RMPs (e.g., land use plans, activity (implementation) plans, state wildlife plans, county planning); or show why the plan may need to be amended.
  • Likelihood of a willing seller and garnering successful partnerships with other state and federal agencies, especially the Forest Service and state wildlife agencies, universities, non-governmental organizations, and individuals.
  • Level of external partnership support, community support, and local community or constituent involvement in the project; and/or potential for project to serve as a catalyst for other similar projects and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated progress toward meeting the conservation goals of the area’s RMP, Executive Order 13443: Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation, the BLM’s Healthy Lands Initiative, the BLM’s “Take it Outside:  Children in Nature” initiative, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and other appropriate local, state, and federal hunting, fishing, and conservation management plans. 
Timeframe: Each field office’s consolidated and prioritized public land access nomination list should be submitted by April 1, 2008. A statewide prioritized list will be completed by May 1, 2008, and the final list of three priorities will be submitted to the WO on May 15, 2008. 
Budget Impact:  None
Background: The information will be used to help meet agency goals highlighted by the recent Executive Order 13443, Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation, and will be incorporated into the agenda for the upcoming White House Conference on North American Wildlife Policy. Concurrently, a similar data call is being conducted by the USDA Forest Service. The WO BLM will work with our partners within the Shooting Sports MOU and Federal Lands Shooting Sports Roundtable to identify the agency’s most beneficial candidate projects. The intent of the WO is that this project listing will be used to provide our partners with a well-defined and strategic list of high potential opportunities so they may be able to raise partnership support and build coalitions to collaboratively resolve significant public access issues on public lands.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
Coordination: SMT
Contact: Direct questions to Craig Haynes, Lands and Realty Program Lead, at 406-896-5040.
Signed by: Theresa M. Hanley, DSD, Division of Resources
Authenticated by: Kathy Iszler, Staff Assistant (MT-924)
1 Attachment
    1–Priority List (1 p)
Distribution w/Attm.
Assistant Field Manager, Havre FS - 1
Assistant Field Manager, Glasgow FS - 1
SOMT - 1

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