U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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.