Rehabilitation in Durfee Hills continues through the fall

Hunters may run into some unusual scenes while looking for elk in the Durfee Hills.
The Durfee Hills is a land-locked area of public land accessible to the public by small aircraft. Ongoing rehabilitation and stabilization work may impact hunting in the Durfee Hills this fall, until Oct. 15.  The work is being done as part of a settlement agreement between the Bureau of Land Management and the N Bar Ranch regarding the matter of an unauthorized fence and associated ground disturbance in the Durfee Hills.
“For safety, we are asking public land users in the Durfee Hills to avoid areas where crews are at work,” said BLM Lewistown Field Manager Pete McFadden. “Crews will be working with machinery, chain saws and other equipment. Workers may not be able to see or hear people approaching.”
The work is being done because portions of a fence built for the N Bar Ranch in 2014 were inadvertently placed across the N Bar’s property boundary onto BLM-managed lands. Some trees and soil were cleared on the BLM side of the boundary during construction. When the error was discovered the N Bar Ranch ordered a halt to the construction and began working with the BLM to resolve the matter.
The Lewistown Field Office sent an inter-disciplinary team to determine the extent and cost of damages to BLM-managed land. In the settlement, the N Bar Ranch agreed to repair all of the damage. 

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