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Date:  August 4, 2008
Contact:  Mary Apple (406) 896-5258

BLM Hosts RMP Open Houses

The Bureau of Land Management Billings Field Office is hosting seven scoping open houses in August as part of its preparation of two resource management plans (RMPs). During scoping, the public is asked to comment on issues and identify management opportunities to be addressed in the plan. 

The meeting schedule is as follows:
August 11--Pompeys Pillar National Monument in the log building;
August 12—Bridger, Senior Center, 118 C Street;
August 13—Big Timber, Carnegie Public Library, 314 McLeod Street;
August 14—Red Lodge, Senior Center, 207 S. Villard;
August 18—Lovell, Wyoming, National Park Service, 20 Highway 14A East;
August 19--Roundup, Emergency Services Building, 704 1st Street East;
August 20-- Billings, Hampton Inn, 5110 Southgate Drive.

All of the open houses will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

The two RMPS, one specific to Pompeys Pillar National Monument and the other to the Billings Field Office, will provide future direction for managing BLM-administered public lands in Carbon, Yellowstone, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Musselshell, Wheatland, Golden Valley, and portions of Big Horn counties, Montana, and Pompeys Pillar National Monument. As part of the plans’ preparation, one environmental impact statement (EIS) will also be prepared. 

The Billings Field Office wants the development of the RMPs and the EIS to be a collaborative, community-based effort with a full range of public participation. The BLM encourages public participation early and throughout the process to help it determine the future management of public lands in the area. The formal scoping period ends in late August 2008; however, comments and input are welcome throughout the planning process. For more information, contact Kim Prill, RMP Team Leader, at (406) 896-5199.

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