U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Welcome to the Miles City Field Office RMP Website
The Miles City Field Office Proposed Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) is now available online. This Proposed RMP/Final EIS will update the 1985 Powder River Resource Management Plan and 1996 Big Dry Resource Management Plan and will provide direction for public land and federal minerals managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Miles City Field Office in Eastern Montana.
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 Miles City Field Office planning area, covering 2.75 million acres of public land and 10.6 million acres of federal minerals in Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Wibaux, and portions of Big Horn and Valley Counties. This document contains land use planning decisions to guide the BLM’s management of the Miles City Field Office planning area in Eastern Montana.
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 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 8, 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 substantive written and verbal comments received during the public review period for the Draft RMP/EIS, and responses to comments.