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

September 16, 2008

4120 (923) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2008-068
Expires: 9/30/09
To:             Field Managers
From:         State Director
Subject:     Western Watersheds Project “Interested Public” Letters
Program Area: Rangeland Management
Purpose: Several Field Offices received letters from Western Watersheds Project (WWP) requesting to be an “interested public” on specific allotments.  This Instruction Memorandum (IM) provides a consistent response format for the Field Offices.
Policy/Action: The Field Offices should use the attached letter format in a timely manner to respond to the WWP’s requests to be listed as an “interested public” on grazing allotments.  The letter will ensure consistent responses among the Field Offices.  Only those Field Offices receiving the WWP request letters need reply at this time.
Timeframe:  This IM is effective upon receipt.
Budget Impact:  The effect of this IM on the budget is minimal because it is providing a consistent response format.
Background:  The WWP sent letters to several Montana/Dakotas Field Offices requesting “interested public” status on several allotments.
Coordination: This IM has been coordinated with the Field Offices that received the requests. 
Contact: All office responses or questions should be submitted to Floyd Thompson, State Program Lead, at 406-896-5025.
Signed by: Howard A. Lemm, Acting
Authenticated by: Melissa R. Dykes (MT-923)
1 Attachment
SOMT – 1
Assistant Field Manager, Havre Field Station – 1
Assistant Field Manager, Glasgow Field Station – 1