U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 03/21/13|
BLM Releases HiLine Draft Management Plan for Public Review
HAVRE, Mont. – The Bureau of Land Management today released its Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS) describing different alternatives for managing public lands within the HiLine District. 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 for the HiLine District are also available from the BLM’s Havre Field Office, 3990 Hwy 2 West. The entire HiLine Draft RMP/EIS may also be accessed on the internet at http://www.blm.gov/8qkd.
The HiLine Draft RMP/EIS describes a range of alternatives (including a draft preferred alternative) for managing the BLM-administered surface (2.4 million acres) and mineral estate (4.2 million acres) in Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Chouteau, Hill, Blaine, Phillips, and Valley Counties in Montana. These lands and minerals are managed by three BLM Field Offices in Havre, Malta, and Glasgow along with the Great Falls Oil and Gas Field Office, which provides oil and gas program support in western, central, and northcentral Montana. The draft plan also includes a range of conservation measures that address Greater Sage-Grouse for this area.
“Many individuals and organizations have worked hard to develop this Draft RMP and EIS,” said Mark Albers, HiLine District Manager. “And now we look forward to hearing from our constituents as we take another step toward developing a final plan to manage our public lands in northern Montana.”
As part of the review and comment process, we’ve scheduled the following public meetings throughout the area to answer questions and gather written comments concerning the Draft.
These meetings are scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 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 won’t 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 HiLine Draft RMP/EIS by any of the following methods:
Whenever possible, please reference the page or section in the DRMP/EIS to which the comment applies. Specific comments addressing concerns that are within the 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, the BLM’s Central 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 20, 2013, a proposed Final RMP/EIS will be issued. That will be followed by the final step in the process, issuing a Record of Decision (ROD). Until the Final RMP/EIS ROD is signed, the HiLine District will continue to manage public land resources under the 1988 West HiLine and 1994 Judith-Valley-Phillips RMPs.
For more information, contact Planning and Environmental Coordinator Brian Hockett at (406) 262-2837. 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.
|Last updated: 03-21-2013|
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