Monata, BLM seek public comment on land selection
April 21, 2017
BILLINGS, Mont. — The Bureau of Land Management is moving forward on a commitment to settle a debt owed to the State of Montana for well over a century.
The Act of Congress that granted Montana statehood in 1889 contained a provision granting two sections of land in every township to the state to help support public schools. A small amount of land, valued at about $4 million in today's dollars, is still owed to the state.
The State of Montana and the BLM have been working together recently to complete the process. Out for review and comment is an Environmental Assessment that addresses the potential suitability to assign just over 2,000 acres of land in Chouteau, Custer and Hill counties. These parcels were part of a larger list of lands in which the State of Montana expressed interest in a December 2015 application with the BLM.
The EA is available online at the BLM's ePlanning website http://bit.ly/2dqd7rR.
Written comments on the EA should be addressed to the Montana/Dakotas State Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Attn: MT-924, Billings, MT 59101. Comments on the EA must be received by close of business May 22.
If you do not want your personal contact information to be viewed by the public, then do not include it directly in your comment. Before including your address, phone number, email 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 from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. Therefore, do not include information you want to remain private. F