The Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/EIS) is now available online. This DRMP/EIS updates the 1984 Billings RMP, as amended and will provide the Billings Field Office and Pompeys Pillar National Monument with an updated framework in which to administer BLM public lands.
This DRMP/EIS is a combined effort that addresses both the Billings Field Office and the Pompeys Pillar National Monument in a consolidated RMP and associated EIS and is titled (and referenced throughout) as the Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument DRMP/EIS. Because these are combined planning efforts, upon issuance of the Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Proposed RMP and Final EIS in 2014, and subsequent reviews and resolution of protests, if any, two separate Records of Decision (RODs) will be issued for each area.
This plan provides direction for managing 434,154 acres of public land and 1,839,782 acres of federal minerals in Big Horn, Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland, and Yellowstone counties, Montana and portions of Big Horn County, Wyoming.
The Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument DRMP/EIS addresses considerable changes within the planning area since the completion of the Billings RMP in 1984. These changes include increased demand for access and recreational use of public lands, increased interest in energy development, changes in resource conditions, changes in resource management practices, and an increased concern for preserving air quality, natural and cultural resources.
The Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument DRMP/EIS provides a collaborative, community-based planning approach to assist the BLM in updating the existing management decisions and resource allocations.
An integral component of the planning process is public involvement. Cooperating agencies worked closely with the BLM during the development of the DRMP/EIS. The BLM is hosting public meetings to help the interested public provide useful input to the plan. The public will have the opportunity to provide written comments and suggestions on the Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument DRMP/EIS throughout the 90-day public comment period which ends June 28, 2013.
Carolyn Sherve-Bybee, RMP Team Lead
BLM, Billings Field Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101
Or e-mail: BLM_MT_Billings_PompeysPillar_RMP@blm.gov
The public comment period for the Billings & Pompeys Pillar Draft Resource Management Plan closed on June 28, 2013. Substantive comments received after the formal comment period will be considered to the extent feasible (40 CFR 1503.4). For additional information, contact the Resource Management Plan Project Manager.
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.