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Vandals denting BLM budget in Montana

By The Associated Press
Published On: Aug 17 2013 12:10:09 PM MDT
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BILLINGS, Mont. -

An official with the Billings Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management says the agency has spent about $30,000 repairing damage done by vandals.
    
Jim Sparks tells the Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/14Q8VK5) that the amount represents this year's available funding for the BLM's Recreation Program.
    
Officials say BLM crews recently repaired damage at the Acton Recreation Area 18 miles north of Billings only to find the work vandalized the next day. Not long after making repairs again, vandals returned to do more damage.
    
Sparks says repairing vandalism means moving money away from making improvements such as signs, fire grates and picnic tables.
    
Sparks says the BLM has increased patrols but one ranger has to cover about 680 square miles.