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EMAIL TRANSMISSION – 11/09/2011
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2012-010
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Subject: Request for Review of Draft Guidance on Addressing Alternative Development in Livestock Grazing Permit Renewals DD: 11/21/2011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.
Katherine P. Kitchell Janie Fox