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Date:  May 16, 2008
Contact:  Mary Apple, 406-896-5258

 
 
 
Billings Field Office to Revise Land Use Plans
The Bureau of Land Management’s Billings Field Office intends to prepare two resource management plans (RMPs). One plan will be specific to Pompeys Pillar National Monument and the other to the Billings Field Office. The plans 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, Mont., and Pompeys Pillar National Monument. 
 
The Billings RMP will cover about 427,290 acres of federally managed surface and 906,084 acres of federal mineral estate in south-central Montana. The Billings RMP area also includes 6,340 acres of public land inside the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range in Big Horn County, Wyo. The lands to be covered under the Pompeys Pillar National Monument RMP are the 51 acres designated as Pompeys Pillar National Monument. 
 
As part of the plan 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 first phase of plan preparation is the scoping period. During scoping, the public is asked to comment on issues and identify management opportunities to be addressed in the plan. The BLM will hold scoping meetings later this summer at Pompeys Pillar National Monument and in Big Timber, Billings, Bridger, Red Lodge, and Roundup, Mont., and Lovell, Wyo. The dates and times of those meetings will be publicized at that time.
 
The formal scoping period will end in late August 2008; however, comments and input are welcome throughout the planning process. Written comments should be sent to: Billings/PPNM RMPs, Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101; fax – 406-896-5281. Comments may also be submitted via email to: Billings_PompeysPillar_RMP@blm.gov. The website for the RMP is http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/billings_field_office.html. For more information, contact Kim Prill, RMP Team Leader, at (406) 896-5199.
 
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