Montana/Dakotas

Welcome to the HiLine RMP Website

The HiLine Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (PRMP/FEIS) is now available online. This Proposed RMP/Final EIS updates the 1984 West HiLine Resource Management Plan and the 1994 Judith-Valley-Phillips Resource Management Plan and will provide direction for public land and federal minerals managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) HiLine District in North Central 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.

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 HiLine District planning area, covering 2.4 million acres of public land and 4.2 million acres of federal minerals in Blaine, Chouteau, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Phillips, Toole, and Valley Counties. This document contains land use planning decisions to guide the BLM’s management of the HiLine planning area in North Central Montana.  

This PRMP/FEIS is one of 15 sub-regional planning efforts being conducted as part of the BLM’s National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy.  The PRMP 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 and 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 E, the preferred alternative in the Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement, which was released on March 22, 2013.  The Proposed RMP/Final EIS contains the Proposed Plan (Alternative E), 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/DEIS, and responses to comments.

Contact Information:
Brian Hockett, Project Manager
Bureau of Land Management
3990 US Hwy 2 West
Havre, MT 59501
406/262-2837
or E-Mail: BLM_MT_HiLine_RMP@blm.gov


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Public Protest

Pursuant to BLM’s planning regulations at 43 CFR 1610.5-2,any person who participated in the planning process for this Proposed RMP and has an interest which is or may be adversely affected by the planning decisions may protest approval of the planning decisions within 30 days from date the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the Notice of Availability of the FEIS in the Federal Register. For further information on filing a protest, please see the accompanying protest regulations in the pages that follow (labeled as Attachment # 1). The regulations specify the required elements of your protest. Take care to document all relevant facts. As much as possible, reference or cite the planning documents or available planning records (e.g. meeting minutes or summaries, and correspondence).

Emailed protests will not be accepted as valid protests unless the protesting party also provides the original letter by either regular mail or overnight delivery postmarked by the close of the protest period. Under these conditions, the BLM will consider the emailed protest as an advance copy and will afford it full consideration. If you wish to provide the BLM with such advance notification, please direct emailed protests to: protest@blm.gov.
 
All protests must be in writing and mailed to one of the following addresses:
 
Regular Mail:                                      Overnight Delivery:
Director (210)                                     Director (210)                                    
Attn: Protest Coordinator                  Attn: Protest Coordinator     
P.O. Box 71383                                  20 M Street SE, Room 2134LM
Washington, D.C. 20024-1383          Washington, D.C. 20003
 
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your protest, be advised that your entire protest – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your protest to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
 
The BLM Director will make every attempt to promptly render a decision on each protest. The decision will be in writing and will be sent to the protesting party by certified mail, return receipt requested. The decision of the BLM Director shall be the final decision of the Department of the Interior on each protest. Responses to protest issues will be compiled and formalized in a Director’s Protest Resolution Report made available following issuance of the decisions.

Upon resolution of all land use plan protests, the BLM will issue an Approved RMP and Record of Decision (ROD). The Approved RMP and ROD will be mailed or made available electronically to all who participated in the planning process and will be available on the BLM website.


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