Date: July 1, 2008
Contact: Pat Zurcher (406) 533-7638
BLM Seeks Public Input on Proposal to Modify Two Access Routes
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Butte Field Office is seeking public input on a proposal to modify two routes within the Whitetail-Pipestone travel planning area.
The action would address resource protection concerns in an important wildlife area, as well as issues related to private property and public access and recreational needs.
Under the proposed action, portions of the Pole Canyon route would be designated as either “open” or “closed” to motorized use. In addition, all of the Whiskey Gulch route would be “closed” yearlong. The proposal would also extend yearlong access along a portion of one of the routes to provide direct access to a rock climbing area and to allow for game retrieval.
Rick Hotaling, manager for the BLM Butte Field Office says, “This area is home to elk winter range, elk security cover, and deer winter range, and yet it is suffering from increased use. We believe with this new route designation proposal we will be able to counter some of the damage caused by careless off-road vehicle use, while still providing adequate access to recreationists, hunters and private landowners.”
You are invited to submit written comments identifying potential environmental impacts or any other concern for consideration. The closing date for comments is July 31, 2008. All comments must contain the name and address of the submitter. Send comments to the BLM Butte Field Office, 106 North Parkmont, Butte, Mont., 59701.
Comments may also be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Place “Pole Canyon/Whiskey Gulch Route Management” in the subject line.
All comments may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. For more information or maps, please contact Pat Zurcher, project lead, with the BLM Butte Field Office by phone at (406) 533-7638.