MONTANA - BLM Releases HiLine Draft Management Plan for Public Review

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April 08, 2013 9:17 PM

The Bureau of Land Management has released its Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) describing different alternatives for managing public lands within the HiLine District.  This action kicks off a 90-day public comment period for interested members of the publics to submit comments to the BLM. A limited number of paper copies of the draft document for the HiLine District are also available from the BLM's Havre Field Office, 3990 Hwy 2 West.  The entire HiLine Draft RMP/EIS may also be accessed on the internet 

MONTANA - BLM Releases HiLine Draft Management Plan for Public Review
 
Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Bureau of Land Management has released its Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) describing different alternatives for managing public lands within the HiLine District.  This action kicks off a 90-day public comment period for interested members of the publics to submit comments to the BLM.

A limited number of paper copies of the draft document for the HiLine District are also available from the BLM's Havre Field Office, 3990 Hwy 2 West.  The entire HiLine Draft RMP/EIS may also be accessed on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/8qkd.

The HiLine Draft RMP/EIS describes a range of alternatives (including a draft preferred alternative) for managing the BLM-administered surface (2.4 million acres) and mineral estate (4.2 million acres) in Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Chouteau, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, and Valley Counties in Montana.  These lands and minerals are managed by three BLM Field Offices in Havre, Malta, and Glasgow along with the Great Falls Oil and Gas Field Office, which provides oil and gas program support in western, central, and north-central Montana.  The draft plan also includes a range of conservation measures that address Greater Sage-Grouse for this area.

As part of the review and comment process, we've scheduled the following public meetings throughout the area to answer questions and gather written comments concerning the Draft.

Community Location Date Time
Glasgow  Cottonwood Inn
Highway 2 East
Glasgow, MT 59230
May 6, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Malta Great Northern Hotel
2 South 1st Street East
Malta, MT 59538
May 7, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Havre Triangle Telephone Hospitality Room
2121 Highway 2 NW
Havre, MT 59501 
May 8, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Chester Liberty Community & Senior Center
618 Adams Ave E
Chester, MT 59522
May 9, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Great Falls BLM / Forest Service Office
1101 15 Street North
Great Falls, MT  59403
May 13, 2013 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Others, if needed TBD TBD TBD

These meetings are scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be held in an open house forum.  Each meeting will include introductions and a brief BLM presentation, but the purpose of the open house will be to offer an opportunity to talk individually with various BLM resource specialists one-on-one.  The BLM won't be able to accept or record verbal comments during the meetings, but comment forms will be provided for members of the public to submit written comments, which are considered in finalizing the document.

Written comments related to the HiLine Draft RMP/EIS may be submitted by any of the following methods:

Email:  BLM_MT_HiLine_RMP@blm.gov
Fax:  (406) 262-2856
Mail:  District Manager, BLM, 3990 Hwy. 2 West, Havre, MT  59501
Hand-deliver:  Havre Field Office, 3990 Hwy. 2 West, Havre, MT

After the comment period ends on June 20, 2013, a proposed Final RMP/EIS will be issued.  That will be followed by the final step in the process, issuing a Record of Decision (ROD).  Until the Final RMP/EIS ROD is signed, the HiLine District will continue to manage public land resources under the 1988 West HiLine and 1994 Judith-Valley-Phillips RMPs.

For more information, contact Planning and Environmental Coordinator Brian Hockett at (406) 262-2837.  For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: www.blm.gov/mt and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BLMMontana.

Thanks in advance and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact BRC.

Ric Foster
Public Lands Department Manager
BlueRibbon Coalition
208-237-1008 ext 107

 


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