BLM head assures Missouri Breaks Monument stakeholders

Posted: Sep 20, 2011

Written by

KARL PUCKETT, Great Falls Tribune
Missouri Breaks

Bob Abbey, the director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, was as blunt as he could be at a small gathering of Montana livestock producers here Monday.

"We're not here to screw you over," Abbey said. "We're not here to create surprises."

The meeting followed a 43-mile boat ride on the Missouri River in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument by Abbey and an entourage of state BLM officials.

The director, who arrived in the state Sunday, is visiting BLM lands across the West and talking with its users and employees who oversee it.

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