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State of Montana In-Lieu Selection
 
 
 
Under the law admitting Montana (State) to the Union, known as the Enabling Act of 1889, the State was entitled to Sections 16 and 36 of each township. Many of the township surveys occurred after Statehood and the lands may already have been set aside for Indian Reservations, National Forests or other title appropriations; therefore, the State did not receive title to sections 16 and 36.  The State could, and still can, select public lands under Bureau of Land Management (BLM) jurisdiction in lieu of the sections 16 or 36 entitlement to which it did not receive title.  This is called an In-Lieu Selection.  It is the BLM’s goal, as well as that of the State Board of Land Commissioners, to extinguish this debt.

The State of Montana has recently identified public land parcels to which it would be interested in obtaining title that would extinguish this debt owed the State.  All of the parcels have been identified in Resource Management Plans as available for selection by the State and potential conveyance.  

The proposed action analyzed in this EA proposes to convey 2,126.11 acres valuing $1.8 million dollars to partially satisfy the $4.1 million entitlement owed to the State of Montana. A subsequent EA will be prepared that considers the remaining lands included in the State's selection application.    

Click on the links to the left for more information on this project.