The Upper Horse Prairie Watershed Assessment is located in Beaverhead County of southwestern Montana and covers about 54,000 acres of BLM-managed land on 29 leased or permitted grazing allotments.
In preparing the assessments, Dillon Field Office staff members evaluated each watershed’s resources according to the five standards for rangeland health. These standards include maintaining properly functioning upland and riparian areas; assuring that water quality and air quality meet state standards; and providing for biodiversity. Forest health, fuel conditions, and recreational issues were also assessed.
National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) documents will be prepared to analyze alternatives for revising management where resource concerns were found within these watersheds. The NEPA documents will be completed by resource specialists from the Dillon Field Office in coordination with grazing lessees, other agencies, and the interested public.
In the meantime, the BLM welcomes public comments to help formulate alternatives and define issues for the environmental assessments. To be most useful, public comments must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2013. The assessment report has already been mailed to those individuals who previously expressed interest in the Upper Horse Prairie Watershed.
If you would like to receive a copy of the Watershed Assessment Report, call the Dillon Field Office at (406) 683-8000, or email 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.
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