U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
|Release Date: 07/23/14|
Butte BLM extends public comment period on Iron Mask environmental assessment
BUTTE (July 23, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has extended a comment period for an additional 15 days to allow the public to weigh in on an assessment of resource conditions within the Iron Mask Planning Area.
The extension is due to a recently-discovered discrepancy between a letter to the public which said the comment period would be 45 days and the Environmental Assessment which established a 60-day comment period.
“As soon as we noticed this clerical error, we decided to extend the comment period by another 15 days in order to allow the public every opportunity to examine the Environmental Assessment,” said Assistant Field Manager Corey Meier of the Butte Field Office.
The Iron Mask Planning Area is located near Townsend and includes approximately 26,397 acres of land. In the EA, the BLM is studying such issues as travel management, grazing authorizations, and vegetation treatments. Public comments will be taken until Aug. 6. The EA is available on the BFO webpage at http://blm.gov/cyld.
Potential decisions to be made in the Iron Mask Planning Area include:
When commenting, the BLM asks that comments be as specific as possible, including suggestions regarding resource issues, data sources, or alternatives to be considered in the final environmental analysis.
Comments may be mailed to the Butte Field Office at 106 N. Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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.
To get a copy of the Environmental Assessment, call the Butte Field Office at (406) 533-7600 or email MT_Butte_FO@blm.gov. The report is also available for review online at http://blm.gov/cyld
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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 mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.
Butte Field Office 106 N. Parkmont Butte, MT 59701
|Last updated: 07-23-2014|