Dillon Field Office releases Rochester Watershed report

Landscape with rocks trees and mountains in the distance
Landscapes like this can be found in the Rochester watershed.
The BLM's Dillong Field Office has released its Environmental
Assessment for public comment. 
(BLM Photo)

(DILLON, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Dillon Field Office has released the Rochester Watershed Environmental Assessment for public review and comment.

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

The Rochester Watershed is mostly located in Madison County, with a small portion in Silver Bow County. The watershed covers about 32,600 acres of BLM-administered land in 23 grazing allotments. There are 3,030 acres within the watershed that are un-allotted.

The EA is available online at the Bureau’s ePlanning webpage at https://go.usa.gov/xmuTD Copies of the EA are also available at the Dillon Field Office at 1005 Selway Drive, Dillon Montana 59725.

The comment period for this EA is open for 30 days and closes on July 29. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware 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. Written comments should be submitted to the Dillon Field Office, or by email at MT_Dillon_FO@blm.gov.

For more information about the proposed management alternatives, contact Mike Harper 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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David Abrams