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Socio-Economic Workshops were held from 4:00 PM -  7:00 PM at the BLM Lewistown Field Office in
Lewistown, MT on October 15, 2014, and at the HiLine Division of Oil and Gas Office in Great Falls, MT
on October 16, 2014.

The purpose of the workshops was to illustrate BLM land uses that influence local/regional economic
activity and to describe the dependency of the local/regional economy on BLM lands. The current and possible
future influence of land uses on the local economy were demonstrated. Participants were encouraged to work
together to answer questions regarding the evolving nature of resource management in the West, to discuss the
strengths and weaknesses of the area’s economic situation, and to explore local/regional activity and trends
that influence the local social and economic conditions. Those attending explored the influence of BLM
resources and resource uses in the nine-county planning area that encompasses all or parts of Cascade,
Chouteau, Fergus, Judith Basin, Meagher, Petroleum, Pondera, Teton, and Lewis and Clark Counties.

The BLM recognizes that the social and economic role of public lands is changing.  The economy of
the West has diversified, and the uses of and demands on public lands have diversified as well. 
Recreation, scenery, wildlife habitat, solitude, and ecological functions are increasingly important
attributes of public lands.  BLM management of these attributes can contribute to the social and
economic development and success of nearby communities.

We understand that successful resource management must involve those communities close to public
lands. The workshops promoted understanding of how the social and economic analyses fit into the BLM
planning process.


The BLM held public scoping meetings at the following locations:





March 4, 2014

5:00-7:00 PM

Meagher County Courthouse

15 West Main; White Sulphur Springs, MT

March 6, 2014

5:00-7:00 PM

Winifred Community Center

210 Main Street; Winifred, MT

March 13, 2014

5:00-7:00 PM

Petroleum County Courthouse

302 East Main Street; Winnett, MT

March 18, 2014

5:00-7:00 PM

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

4201 Giant Springs Road; Great Falls, MT

April 1, 2014

5:00-7:00 PM

Yogo Inn

211 East Main; Lewistown, MT

April 3, 2014

5:00-7:00 PM

Choteau Public Library

17 N. Main Ave; Choteau, MT

Note: If you have a group or organization that would like to schedule an additional presentation or meeting, please contact us to make further arrangements.