Dillon BLM releases East Bench watershed assessment for public comment

Rochester Watershed
The Dillon BLM Field Office has released its report on 
conditions in the East Bench Watershed. (BLM Photo)

(DILLON, Mont.) – After analyzing natural resource conditions on some of its public lands in Madison County, the Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office has released the East Bench Watershed Environmental Assessment for public comment.

The East Bench watershed is mostly located in Madison County, with a small portion in Beaverhead County. The watershed covers 32,905 acres of BLM-administered land in 17 grazing allotments. There are 6,974 acres within the watershed that are un-allotted.

The assessment reports on the predicted social and environmental effects associated with up to three management alternatives for resource management on BLM lands in the watershed. After reviewing the EA and considering public comment, the Dillon Field Manager will select one, or a combination of alternatives, for implementation.

The EA is available online at the Bureau’s ePlanning webpage at https://go.usa.gov/xmsMA

Copies of the EA are also available at the field office at 1005 Selway Drive in Dillon.

The comment period for this EA is open until July 11. Written comments should be submitted to the Dillon Field Office, or by email at MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment–including your personal identifying information–may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

For more information about the proposed management alternatives, contact Emily Guiberson or Pat Fosse at the email address above or by calling the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000.

This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 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. 

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