U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Billings Field Office
|Release Date: 03/29/13|
BLM Releases Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Draft Management Plan for Public Review
BILLINGS, MT – The Bureau of Land Management has released its Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) describing different alternatives for managing public lands within the Billings Field Office and Pompeys Pillar National Monument. The draft plan also includes a range of conservation measures that address Greater Sage-Grouse for this area. This action kicks off a 90-day public comment period for interested publics to submit comments to the BLM.
Compact disks of the document are being delivered to a number of businesses, organizations, individuals, elected officials, tribal governments and state and federal agencies for review. A limited number of paper copies of the draft document are also be available from BLM’s Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, or on the internet at http://blm.gov/4ykd
The Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument Draft RMP/EIS describes a range of alternatives (including a draft preferred alternative) for managing all of the BLM-administered surface (434,154 acres) and federal mineral estate (1,839,782 acres) managed by the Billings Field Office in Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland, and Yellowstone counties in Montana as well as portions of Big Horn County, Montana and Big Horn County, Wyoming.
The release of the Draft RMP/EIS marks the beginning of a 90-day public review and comment period and as part of the review and comment process, public meetings are being scheduled throughout the area to answer questions and gather comments concerning the Draft.
These meetings are scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be held in an open house forum. Each meeting will include introductions and a brief BLM presentation, but the purpose of the open house will be to offer an opportunity to talk individually with various BLM resource specialists one-on-one. The BLM will not be able to accept or record verbal comments during the meetings, but comment forms will be provided for members of the public to submit written comments, which are considered in finalizing the document.
The public may submit written comments related to the Billings and Pompeys Pillar National Monument DRMP/EIS by any of the following methods:
Fax: (406) 896-5281
Mail: "Billings/PPNM RMP Comments," Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT 59101.
Hand-deliver: Billings Field Office, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT.
Whenever possible, please reference the page or section in the DRMP/EIS to which the comment applies. Specific comments addressing concerns that are within BLM’s legal responsibilities and can be resolved in the land-use planning process would be most helpful. The Draft RMP/EIS was developed with assistance from local counties, the state, other federal agencies, tribal governments, BLM’s Eastern Montana Resource Advisory Council, and a variety of interest groups.
All letters and emails should include the first and last name of the individual commenting and a complete mailing address. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – 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.
After the comment period ends on June 28, 2013, a proposed Final RMP/EIS will be issued. Because these are combined planning efforts, separate Records of Decision (RODs) will be issued for the Billings Field Office and Pompeys Pillar NM. Until the Final RMP/EIS ROD is signed, the Billings Field Office will continue to manage public land resources under the 1984 Billings RMP, as amended.
For more information, contact RMP Lead Carolyn Sherve-Bybee at (406) 896-5234. For the latest BLM news and updates visit us on the web at: www.blm.gov/mt and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/BLMMontana.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
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|Last updated: 03-28-2013|
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