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Welcome to the Billings/Pompeys Pillar RMP Website
The Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) is now available online. This Proposed RMP/Final EIS will update 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 in South Central Montana.
This Proposed RMP/Final 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 PRMP/FEIS. Because these are combined planning efforts, upon issuance of the Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Proposed RMP and Final EIS, and subsequent reviews and resolution of protests, if any, two separate Records of Decision (RODs) will be issued for each area.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prepared the Proposed RMP/Final EIS in consultation with cooperating agencies, taking into account public comments received during this planning effort. The Proposed RMP provides a framework for the future management direction and appropriate use of the Billings Field Office planning area, covering 434,154 acres of public land and 889,497 acres of federal minerals in Big Horn (portions), Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland, and Yellowstone counties, Montana and 4,298 acres in Big Horn County, Wyoming. This document contains both land use planning decisions and implementation decisions to guide the BLM’s management of the Billings Field Office planning area and Pompeys Pillar National Monument.
This Proposed RMP/Final EIS is one of 15 sub-regional planning efforts being conducted as part of the BLM’s National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy. The Proposed RMP identified conservation measures to conserve, enhance, and/or restore Greater Sage-Grouse (GRSG) habitat in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) March 2010 “warranted, but precluded” Endangered Species Act listing petition. The USFWS found that the inadequacy of regulatory mechanisms was identified as a significant threat to GRSG in their finding on the petition to list the GRSG. The RMP conservation measures were identified as the BLM’s principal regulatory mechanism.
This Proposed RMP/Final EIS has been developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended. The Proposed RMP is largely based on Alternative D, the preferred alternative in the Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, which was released on March 29, 2013. The Proposed RMP/Final EIS contains the Proposed Plan (Alternative D), a summary of changes made between Draft RMP/EIS and Proposed RMP/Final EIS, impacts of the Proposed Plan, a summary of the written and verbal comments received during the public review period for the Draft RMP/EIS, and responses to comments.