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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

June 24, 2011

1610 (MT924.RJ) P
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-055
Expires: 09/30/2012
To:             Montana/Dakotas Leadership
Attention:  Field Managers, RMP Team Leads/Project Managers, RMP Team Members, Field Office Lands and Realty Staff
From:         State Director
Subject:     Request for Review of Draft Guidance on Addressing Renewable Energy in Ongoing Resource Management Plans (RMPs)                                                        DD: 07/01/2011
Program Area:  All Program Areas, Rights-of-Way Management, Wind Energy
Purpose:  This Instruction Memorandum (IM) formally transmits a draft directive and requests comments prior to the IM being finalized to ensure consistency among ongoing planning efforts in the Montana/Dakotas organization.
Policy/Action: The intent of this IM is to outline an approach that will provide consistency among field offices in how renewable energy, and in particular, wind development, is considered during revision of BLM land use plans. 
Timeframe: Please provide any comments to Renee Johnson, Montana/Dakotas Renewable Energy Lead (MT924), via email, by close of business July 1, 2011.
Budget Impact: Effect on budget is expected to be minimal, though additional staff time may be required to ensure ongoing-RMPs are consistent with guidance once it is finalized.
Background: Inconsistencies in approach have been identified during State Director review and involvement in ongoing planning efforts. Written guidance that formalizes verbal discussions could help resolve some of these inconsistencies and assist with pending WO review of several draft RMPs from the Montana/Dakotas.
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected:  Land Use Planning Handbook H-1601-1.  
Coordination:  Preliminary coordination and review with select WO, MSO staff, and RMP team leads.
Contact:  Renee Johnson, Renewable Energy Lead, Montana/Dakotas (MT924) at, or by telephone (406) 896-5028.  
Signed by:                                                                    Authenticated by:
Katherine P. Kitchell                                                     Kathy Iszler
for Jamie E. Connell                                                     Staff Assistant (MT924)
State Director
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