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United States Department of the Interior 
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669
November 8, 2011
4100 (MT923) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2012-010
Expires: 09/30/2013
To:             Montana/Dakotas Leadership
Attention:  Field Managers, Field Office Range Staff
From:         State Director
Subject:     Request for Review of Draft Guidance on Addressing Alternative Development in Livestock Grazing Permit Renewals                                                  DD: 11/21/2011
Program Area:  Range Management
Purpose:  This Instruction Memorandum (IM) formally transmits a draft directive and requests comments prior to the IM being finalized to ensure consistency among ongoing permit renewal analyses in the Montana/Dakotas organization.
Policy/Action: The intent of this IM is to ensure field offices are addressing a reasonable range of alternatives when conducting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis on grazing permit renewals. 
Timeframe: Please provide any comments to Floyd Thompson, Montana/Dakotas Range program Lead (MT923), via email, by close of business November 21, 2011.
Budget Impact: Effect on budget is expected to be minimal, although additional staff time may be required to ensure ongoing NEPA analyses are consistent with guidance once it becomes final.
Background: This guidance was developed as a result of recent court findings regarding range management and NEPA compliance. 
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  None.  
Coordination:  Preliminary coordination and review with select WO and MSO staff.
Contact:  If there are any questions regarding this IM, please contact Floyd Thompson, State Range Program Lead, at 406-896-5025.
Signed by:                                                                                Authenticated by:
Katherine P. Kitchell                                                                 Janie Fox
for Jamie E. Connell                                                                  Staff Assistant (MT920)
State Director
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