Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument seeks comments on Rattlesnake Coulee Environmental Assessment

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has prepared an environmental assessment for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument’s proposed acquisition of a 317-acre parcel in Chouteau County currently owned by The Conservation Fund. The parcel would connect two inaccessible parcels of public land, providing access from the Missouri River.

“Providing access to public lands is a priority here in central Montana,” said Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Manager Zane Fulbright. “This acquisition supports the objectives of the 2019 Dingell Act, benefiting everyone who hunts, fishes, and recreates in the Missouri Breaks.”

The Rattlesnake Coulee environmental assessment proposes the following action: To acquire these parcels into public ownership in order to enhance public recreation opportunities within the Missouri River corridor; to maintain or improve important wildlife habitat; to consolidate public ownership; and to reduce the management complications common with scattered landownership patterns. The BLM proposes to acquire in fee ownership privately owned parcels, a portion of which are adjacent to the Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.

The BLM is asking for any comments, issues and concerns you have that will help shape or further analyze this project. Those who provide comments are advised, before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, they should be aware that the entire comment – including the personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so. Your comments will be most useful if they are received by February 14, 2021. However, we appreciate your comments, and they will be accepted and reviewed up until a decision is issued on the project.

You may review and comment on this document by using a supported web browser at the following site: https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/2003733/510

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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