BLM seeks comments on Lower Musselshell River acquisition EA

(MILES CITY, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on an Environmental Assessment for the proposed “Lower Musselshell River Acquisition Project” located in Petroleum and Garfield counties. The due date for comments is March 31.

The EA addresses the proposed acquisition of approximately 11,092 acres of private lands in Garfield County and 328 acres in Petroleum County. The project would serve to consolidate public lands and provide additional public access to previously inaccessible adjacent federal and state lands that border the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and the Musselshell River.

BLM parcels involved in the project fall under the jurisdiction of both the BLM Miles City and Lewistown Field Offices.

“The Lower Musselshell River Acquisition Project represents a rare and unique opportunity to improve access into an area that is already a very popular outdoor recreation destination,” said Eric Lepisto, Miles City Field Office Manager. “The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has been a long-standing partner with the BLM and we are thrilled to be working with them on public access opportunities in this wildlife-rich region.”

For more information on the Project, the EA, how and where to provide useful comments, go to the dedicated BLM e-Planning website at: Search using the Project’s NEPA number: DOI-BLM-MT-C020-2021-0057-EA.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.

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