<<Back to Malta Field Office

Welcome to the HiLine RMP Website

The HiLine Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (DRMP/EIS) is now available online. The DRMP/EIS updates the Judith-Valley Phillips RMP and the West HiLine RMP.
The plan provides direction for managing 2.4 million acres of public land and 4.2 million acres of federal minerals 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 Draft RMP/EIS addresses planning issues concerning the BLM’s management of natural and cultural resources, many of which have been discussed in newsletters that are available on our website.
The HiLine DRMP addresses considerable changes within the planning area since completion of the Judith-Valley-Phillips RMP in 1994 and the West HiLine RMP in 1988. These changes include increased interest in energy development, increased demand for recreational use of public lands, and increased concern for preserving air quality and the natural environment.
Major items addressed in the DRMP/EIS include developing consistent oil and gas lease stipulations, management prescriptions for lands with wilderness characteristics, and addressing how to strengthen conservation of Greater sage-grouse and grassland bird habitat, while staying consistent with National Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policies.
An integral component of the planning process is public involvement. Cooperating agencies worked closely with the BLM during the development of the DRMP/EIS. 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 HiLine DRMP/EIS throughout the 90-day public comment period which ends on June 20, 2013.

Contact Information:
Brian Hockett, Project Manager
Bureau of Land Management
3990 US Hwy 2 West
Havre, MT 59501
or E-Mail:


Public Comment

The public comment period for the HiLine Draft Resource Management Plan closed on June 20, 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.

Public Meeting Schedule
(Open House Format)

May 6, 6:00-8:00 pm
Cottonwood Inn
Highway 2 East
Glasgow, MT 59203

May 7, 6:00-8:00 pm
Great Northern Hotel
2 South 1st Street East
Malta, MT  59538

May 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
Triangle Telephone Hospitality Room
2121 Highway 2 NW
Havre, MT  59501

May 9, 6:00-8:00 pm
Liberty Community & Senior Center
618 Adams Ave E
Chester, MT  59522

May 13, 6:00-8:00 pm
BLM / Forest Service Office
1101 15 Street North
Great Falls, MT  59401

RMP Scoping & Documents

Planning Overview

Planning Process



Area Photo Gallery



Lands With Wilderness Characteristics Web Page