BLM seeks comment on Judith project area Environmental Assessment
(LEWISTOWN, Mont.) – The Bureau of Land Management and Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument is accepting public comment on a preliminary environmental assessment which describes options for addressing land health between the Judith River and Judith Mountains or “Judith to Judith” project area in north central Montana.
The “Judith to Judith” project area contains roughly 167,000 acres of BLM and Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument administered land. The project area contains lands within the Missouri River Breaks, Judith Mountains, and Big Snowy Mountains in central and northern Fergus County. These lands provide livestock grazing, hunting, and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Deadline for comments is December 28.
The BLM will select the alternative that best addresses improving land health after considering comments. The options under consideration are alterations to livestock grazing permits, habitat restoration projects, and fuels and forest treatments. The Lewistown Field Office and Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument anticipates that decisions to implement the selected alternative will take place in 2021.
More information, relevant documents, and a venue for submitting comments are available on the BLM e-Planning project website at https://eplanning.blm.gov. Search using the NEPA number: DOI-BLM-MT-L060-2020-0019-EA.
Comments can also be hand-delivered or mailed to: BLM Lewistown Field Office, Attn: Robert Thompson, 920 NE Main St, Lewistown, MT 59457.
Persons providing comments are advised that before including their address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information, that their entire comment – including personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While those commenting can ask in their comments to withhold identifying information from public review, the BLM cannot guarantee that they will be able to do so.
For more information contact BLM Project Manager Robert Thompson at (406) 538-1910.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.