MONTANA - Helena Ranger District Seeking Public Comments on DEIS for Divide Travel Plan

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March 18, 2014 5:33 PM

MONTANA - Helena Ranger District Seeking Public Comments on DEIS for Divide Travel Plan

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

The Helena Ranger District of the Helena National Forest (HNF) is seeking comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Divide Travel Plan, which could include a Programmatic Plan Amendment to Standard 4a of the Helena National Forest Plan.

The planning area includes approximately 155,500 acres of National Forest System lands and lies within Lewis and Clark and Powell Counties, located in the state of Montana. The area encompasses Black Mountain and extends to the Tenmile Drainage, Little Blackfoot, and Bison Mountain Areas.

The travel plan only includes open or closed determinations for wheeled and over-snow motorized vehicles on National Forest system lands within the Divide Travel Planning Area on the Helena Ranger District. The overall objective of this proposal is to provide a manageable system of designated public motorized access routes, consistent with, and to achieve the purposes of, Forest Service travel management regulations.

The Divide Travel Plan DEIS, including the appendices and maps, has been posted on the Helena National Forest website for review.  It can be accessed at www.fs.usda.gov/helena. Printed copies are available at the Helena Ranger District office. A copy will also be available for review at the Helena and Lincoln public libraries.

The analysis within the Divide Travel Plan DEIS and the associated Programmatic Plan Amendment to standard 4a will result in two separate decisions, which consequently requires two separate but concurrent public comment periods.

The Divide Travel Plan DEIS formal comment period will be open for 45 days, and ends on April 28, 2014. The Programmatic Plan Amendment formal comment period will be open for 90 days, running concurrently with the DEIS comment period for the first 45 days and will end on June 12, 2014.

Comments will be accepted in any of the ways shown in the following table. 

 Type of comment

 Instructions

Electronic

Email comments to FS-comments-northern-helena-helena@fs.fed.us
and include the words Divide Travel Plan in the subject line.
Acceptable formats include .doc, .docx .txt, .pdf, or .rtf only. You will
receive confirmation that we received your email 

Written 

Fax comments to (406) 449-5740
Mail comments to: Helena National Forest, ATTN: Divide Travel Plan,
2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT 59602 

Hand-delivered 

Deliver comments to Helena National Forest, Helena Ranger District, at
2880 Skyway Drive, Helena, MT between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and
4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

If you have questions about the DEIS, maps, or how to comment, please call Heather DeGeest, Helena District Ranger; or Jaime Tompkins, NEPA Planner, Helena National Forest (406) 449-5201.

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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