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

March 22, 2011

6500 (MT923) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-039
Expires: 9/30/2012
To:                   Leadership Advisory Team
From:               State Director
Subject:           Review of Draft Migratory Bird Guidance Instruction Memorandum (IM)
                                                                                                                         DD: 4/4/2011
Program Area: All Program Areas
Purpose: This IM is to request review of draft migratory bird guidance for the Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Policy/Action: The attached draft guidance (Attachment 1) would provide migratory bird conservation policy for the Montana/Dakotas BLM organization as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the BLM, signed on April 12, 2010.  This policy will identify strategies to promote conservation and to avoid or minimize adverse impacts on migratory birds.  This draft will be used as interim guidance until final guidance is issued.
Timeframe: Responses are due by close of business April 4, 2011.
Budget Impact: The budget impact is minimal.
Background: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) of 1918, prohibits the take, capture, or killing of any migratory birds, and any parts, nest, or eggs of any such bird (16 U.S.C. 703 (a)).  In addition, Executive Order 13186 (January 2001) requires the BLM to ensure MBTA compliance, evaluate the BLM actions and agency plans on migratory birds, initiate actions to minimize the take of migratory birds, and contribute to the conservation of migratory birds.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None.
Coordination: This IM was coordinated by the Branch of Planning and Biological Resources (MT923).
Contact: If you have questions or need further guidance, please contact John Carlson, Wildlife Biologist, at (406) 896-5024.
Signed by:                                                                               Authenticated by:
Jamie E. Connell                                                                      Melissa R. Dykes
State Director                                                                          Staff Assistant (MT923)
2 Attachments
     1-Draft Montana/Dakotas Migrtory Bird Guidance IM