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Release Date: 04/02/14
Contacts: David Abrams , 406-533-7617 ,

Butte BLM finalizes Jefferson County Southeast plan

BUTTE (April 2, 2014) – The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office has finalized an Environmental Assessment and selected a preferred alternative for its Jefferson County Southeast Planning Area.

Butte Field Office Manager Scott Haight selected Alternative C, as proposed in the Jefferson County South East Planning Area EA. This alternative includes grazing permit renewals, range improvement projects, riparian treatments, fuels treatments, and a travel management plan for the 24,490-acre area located near Whitehall.

Public scoping on the project began in January 2013 and generated more than 100 written comments; a preliminary EA was released in June and BLM received 90 comments contained in eight letters.

"We appreciate all the input provided by the public, both during scoping and in reviewing the preliminary Environmental Assessment,” Haight said. “We have considered and responded to all substantive public comments in completing this watershed plan and EA.” 

A copy of the EA, along with the Decision Record and Finding of No Significant Impact, can be found on BLM’s website at

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Last updated: 04-02-2014