U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Butte Field Office
|Release Date: 06/06/14|
Butte BLM seeks public comment on Iron Mask Environmental Assessment
BUTTE (June 6, 2014) – An assessment of resource conditions on public lands within the Iron Mask Planning Area is available for public review at the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office and online at the office’s website.
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 for 45 days, beginning on June 6 and ending on July 22. The EA is available on the BFO webpage at http://blm.gov/cyld.
In addition to the 45-day comment period the BLM will host an open house to discuss the Iron Mask Planning Area EA and to answer questions about the proposed projects in the planning area. The open house is scheduled for June 25 from 5-7 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service, Townsend Ranger District Office, 415 S. Front St. in Townsend.
“More than 5,500 acres in the Iron Mask Planning Area were acquired by the BLM in 2007 to protect important resources values, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance public recreation,” said Butte Field Manager Scott Haight. “We are especially interested in hearing from our partners and the public if they feel the management actions proposed in the EA will meet those objectives. We’ll then take those comments into consideration as we complete the EA and issue a subsequent Decision Record.”
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: 06-05-2014|
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