Crooked Creek

The Crooked Creek area is part of the planning region for which the BLM is seeking help.

The public is being asked to help develop the draft Crooked Creek/Musselshell Breaks Travel Management Plan and Environmental Assessment.

The plan will establish an inclusive system of transportation routes that: provides access to public lands for multiple-use activities, while minimizing impacts to wildlife habitat; reduces the introduction and spread of invasive weeds; lessens conflicts among recreational user groups; and prevents damage to cultural resources resulting from the expansion of roads and trails on public lands.

Development of a comprehensive plan for managing motorized and nonmotorized routes is required by the agency.

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The BLM Lewistown Field Office will hold open house public meetings 5-7 p.m., July 10-11 to discuss the issue. The July 10 meeting is at the Yogo Inn, 211 NE Main St., Lewistown. The July 11 meeting is at the Petroleum County Courthouse, 201 E Main St., Winnett. Both meetings will focus on the entire planning area, which covers central and northern Petroleum and northeastern Fergus counties.

During the meetings, maps of the current and potential travel network will be available for review and BLM staff will answer questions and receive written comments. Information and maps will also be available at https://eplanning.blm.gov.

The 30-day scoping period is July 10-Aug. 9. Comments are most helpful if they provide specific actions, resources, or issues to be considered and analyzed. Submit comments on Crooked Creek and Musselshell Breaks Travel Management Plan to: blm_mt_lfo_travel@blm.gov or 920 NE Main Street, Lewistown, MT 59457.

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