Missoula BLM seeks public comment on proposed land acquisition


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(MISSOULA, Mont.) – The public is invited to comment on a proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to acquire more land in the Blackfoot River Watershed.

The BLM’s Missoula Field Office seeks public input on a proposed land acquisition from The Nature Conservancy of 11,000 acres in the Ninemile-Woodchuck area of the watershed. The comment period for an environmental assessment evaluating the impacts of acquiring the acreage will close on May 24.

The proposed acquisition is in Missoula County about 30 miles east of Missoula. The public can access the area via Johnsrud Road in the Lower Blackfoot Corridor and/or the Ninemile Prairie Road east of Potomac.

“Acquiring these lands would provide opportunities for continued access for public recreation and forest management for multiple benefits including climate change mitigation, restoring habitat for Threatened and Endangered species and ensuring proper watershed function,” said Erin Carey, Missoula Field Manager. “This proposed action would also maintain working lands with an active forestry and fuels programs as well as allow for continued grazing.”

The acquisition would be the next phase of a years-long partnership with The Nature Conservancy to acquire former private timberlands for public ownership.

“The BLM is excited for the opportunity to support national and local priorities to conserve more of America’s lands and waters, continue and enhance public access for recreation, and contribute to local communities and climate change mitigation goals through forest restoration,” Carey added.

To comment on the proposed acquisition, email the Missoula Field Office at BLM_MT_Missoula_FO@blm.gov, or visit the ePlanning website and click on this link to search for the Ninemile project:  https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/

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, contact the Missoula Field Office at (406) 329-3914.  

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.