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Date:  September 26, 2008
Contact:  Tim LaMarr (406) 533-7645

Proposed Butte Resource Management Plan Available for Public Review

The Proposed Butte Resource Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement is available for public review. 

The document provides direction for how the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office will manage about 307,300 acres of federal surface and 652,200 acres of federal mineral estate.

"We appreciate the participation and input we have received from the public and other agencies throughout the planning process to help strengthen our proposed RMP," said Rick Hotaling, Butte Field Manager.

To get a copy, contact the BLM-Butte Field Office at 106 North Parkmont, or your nearest BLM office. The document is available on a CD, or can be downloaded from the website at: http://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en/fo/butte_field_office/rmp/proposed.html.

The document was developed over four and a half years with input from local counties, the state, other federal agencies, tribal governments, and a variety of other interest groups including BLM’s Western Montana Resource Advisory Council.

“We thank everyone who participated in development of this planning document. We look forward to working with the public and agencies in the future as we finalize and implement the plan,” said Gene Terland, BLM Montana State Director. 

The 30-day protest period starts September 26 and ends on October 27. A Record of Decision will be issued pending the resolution of any protests. Instructions for filing protests are described in the document’s accompanying Dear Reader letter. 

For more information, contact the BLM-Butte Field Office, at (406) 533-7600.